The Common Read Program at Rocky Mountain College is based principally on a shared reading experience. Through this shared reading and associated events, we seek to develop community, encourage intellectual engagement, and promote connections among disciplines.
This year's Common Read is Ben Stewart's Don't Trust Don't Fear Don't Beg - The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30. This narrative nonfiction is about the 30 Greenpeace activists (the crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise) thrown into Russia’s vicious prison system—and the fight to get them out.
2017 Common Read Schedule of Events
Common Read Film
- Where: Losekamp Auditorium on the RMC campus
- When: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2017
Common Read Keynote
Author Ben Stewart will give a keynote address as part of RMC's 2017 Common Read.
- Where: First Presbyterian Church - 2420 13th St W, Billings, MT 59102
- When: 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 6, 2017
- Admission: The event is free and open to the public. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee seating for everyone.
- Questions: Contact Steve Germic ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
About the Book
"Melting ice, a military arms race, the rush to exploit resources at any cost—the Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. And as temperatures rise and the ice retreats, Vladimir Putin orders Russia’s oil rigs to move north. But one early September morning in 2013 thirty men and women from eighteen countries—the crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise—decide to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic.
Thrown together by a common cause, they are determined to stop Putin and the oligarchs. But their protest is met with brutal force as Putin’s commandos seize the Arctic Sunrise. Held under armed guard by masked men, they are charged with piracy and face fifteen years in Russia’s nightmarish prison system.
Ben Stewart—who spearheaded the campaign to release the Arctic 30—tells an astonishing tale of passion, courage, brutality, and survival. With wit, verve, and candor, he chronicles the extraordinary friendships the activists made with their often murderous cellmates, their battle to outwit the prison guards, and the struggle to stay true to the cause that brought them there." - The New Press
About the Author
Ben Stewart is a former Guardian Student Journalist of the Year and is now head of media at Greenpeace. He was one of the six protesters cleared of criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station in a groundbreaking trial whose verdict the New York Times described as one of the seminal moments of 2008. He is the author of Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30 (The New Press). He lives in London.