GUEST AUTHOR DAVID FALDET VISITS LORAS COLLEGE

Luther College professor and author David Faldet reads from his book, Oneota Flow.

By Anders Carlson (’12)

 Guest author David Faldet visited Loras on October 28th to read from his new book, Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People, published by the University of Iowa Press. His book centers on the interconnectedness of the land and people in upper Iowa over hundreds of years. The title gets its name from the Oneota River (an older name for the Upper Iowa River) which runs through northeast Iowa. Being the sixth generation of his family to live in the region, Faldet “felt called to write the book.” Faldet  did his undergraduate studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, before studying Victorian literature in graduate school at the University of Iowa—where he met his wife. He returned to Decorah to teach at Luther College, focusing on English and environmental studies.

In one of his chapters, “The Juice,” Faldet writes about his aunt and uncle farming in the region around the time of the green revolution and chemical farming with DDT. He recounts his aunt and uncle’s reaction to their child’s death which—by their calculation—was caused by the spraying of DDT. Other than the effects by a loss of a child, the land also suffered. The toxins that polluted the soil damaged the area Faldet writes about.

In the later chapters and in his Q&A, Faldet takes on an environmentalist view. The interconnectedness that the people have to land should—in his view—be preserved by taking care of the land, particularly in the upper Iowa region. His passion spills over into his book, Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People, which can be found on Amazon.com for $20.90.

 

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