Bruce Barcott, author of this year’s Campus Read selection, will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom.

Boise State selected “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird” by Barcott as the 2012-13 Campus Read book. It was named one of the best books of 2008 by Library Journal. Part nature writing, part travelogue, part biography, it is a true story that chronicles one woman’s crusade to stop a multinational corporation from exterminating the last scarlet macaws of Belize. Her dramatic struggle brings alive the worldwide battle over globalization, demand for energy, environmental destruction, the fate of the planet’s species, and the realities of economic survival in a tiny Third World country.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the lecture. Faculty can visit the Campus Read website to find information to help engage their students with a pre-produced extra credit opportunity. All first-year students received a copy of the book at new student orientation and it has been discussed in Boise State’s new University Foundations courses that began in the fall. Print and digital copies also are available at Albertsons Library and the Boise Public Library.