All members of the campus community, especially first-year students, are encouraged to read the book and participate in Griz Read events. First-year students are invited to participate in the Griz Read events and essay contest.
We believe that books forge powerful bonds and we are excited to begin the campus discussion this year!
Set in the farm belt of red state America, far from the farmer’s markets and haute cuisine of coastal cities, Lentil Underground confronts the global food system in one of the little known rural communities that will determine its fate. From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness’s one percent, by stubbornly banding together. Unearthing the deep roots of this movement, Lentil Underground introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters, from gun-toting libertarians and Christian homesteaders to peace-sign-waving environmental activists. Journalist and native Montanan Liz Carlisle weaves an eye-opening and richly reported narrative that will be welcomed by readers of food and farm memoirs, as well as everyone concerned with the future of American agriculture and natural food in an increasingly uncertain world.
Griz Read Events
Author Liz Carlisle lecture:
- Thursday, September 21 at 8pm in the Dennison Theatre
- free and open to the public
First-year student Q&A with the author:
- Friday, September 22, 11am - 12pm in the Payne Family Native American Center
- Enjoy a lunch of Montana lentils during the discussion!
Griz Read Student Contests
As part of the Griz Read, we invite first-year students to participate in the Writing Contest and/or Art Contest
- Submit an essay in response to one of the prompts provided. These prompts invite you to engage with the ideas presented in Lentil Underground and to reflect on how those ideas can be put to use.
- Cash prizes of $125 will be awarded to four writers of the most compelling essays, and the essays themselves (with the authors’ permission) will be posted to the Griz Read webpage.
- Congratulations to the winners of the Griz Read Writing Contest! Read their entries below:
- Travis Hawkins, “Give Lentils a Try” -- a persuasive and sharp op-ed that urges the general public to try lentils
- Anna Potter, “Three Sisters, Three Brothers, One Happy Family”– a admirable effort to convince farmers who use conventional agriculture to consider ecological agriculture
- Chloe Loeffelholz – “Lentils Aboveground”– a personal reflection on eating as a venue for political choice and on her role as a “food citizen”
- Molly Putnam – “Life Within the Lentils”– a personal reflection on how Carlisle’s book inspired her to recognize the role of community and failure in her own ranching family background
Griz Read Art Contest
- Submit creative artwork (in any medium) inspired by Lentil Underground.
- Submissions will be displayed in the Davidson Honors College from November 6-20.
- Students will vote for their favorite pieces.
- Winners will receive a cash prize up to $125 and be recognized at a private catered reception in December.
- The DEADLINE for entries is Friday, November 3.