Build Your Own Language Summer To-Do List

Build Your Own Language Special Assignment

Read In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent.

  • In In The Land of Invented Languages, author Arika Okrent tells the fascinating and highly entertaining history of man’s enduring quest to build a better language. Peopled with charming eccentrics and exasperating megalomaniacs, the land of invented languages is a place where you can recite the Lord’s Prayer in John Wilkins’s Philosophical Language, say your wedding vows in Loglan, and read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in Lojban. 
  • Where to get it? Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local library or bookstore. If purchasing the book is a financial hardship, please contact and we can discuss options.


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Read the Academic Year 2022-2023 Common Reading Selection: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer.

In Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together through her memoir of living in the natural world and practicing heart-centered science. Drawing on her life as an Indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

Where to get a copy:

  • The electronic version of Braiding Sweetgrass is free to all student through the UO Libraries.
  • Prefer a hard copy? Print books will be allowed available throughout the school year through during pop-up events hosted by Common Reading. However, if you need a hard copy sooner, email for a free copy or go here if you can’t be in Eugene to pick up the book.
Contact your FIG Assistant

On the Meet Your FIG Faculty/FA page, your FIG Assistant(s) or FA(s) should have their email or some way to contact them at the end of their bios. You should connect with your FA before you meet your FIG! This is a great way to learn more about the FIG and to ask any questions you might still have.

Can’t find your FA’s contact info? Email for help!