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Common Read 2019: Home


Cover of Irresistible.

The 2019-2020 Common Read is "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," by Adam Alter. 

Press release link: Bott-Knutson announces SDState's 2019 Common Read Selection


Common Read Kickoff

September 3, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Volstorff Ballroom

A highly interactive examination of the book and selected themes: Access, Behavior, Connection and Safety (the ABC'S of the Conscientious Use of Technology)

Digital Accessibility: What's It All About?

September 9, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Rotunda G

This presentation will define digital accessibility and explain why it is such an important topic in 
today's world. In addition, several accessibility tips and tricks will be discussed.

Screenagers: Technology's Impact on Relationsihps, Academics, and More

September 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Brookings Cinema 8

Screenagers is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids--and ourselves--navigate the digital world. The documentary will be shown, followed by a short discussion

Hendricson-Cheever Lecture: The Liberal Arts and Technology: Our Need for Ethics

September 24, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Volstorff Ballroom

In recent years technology has raised numerous ethical questions surrounding privacy, 
data mining, and identity, among others. Dr. George Tsakiridis explores our need for ethics in navigating this new reality.

Technology Forum

September 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Campanile Room 169, Student Union

A discussion of how technology has and will continue to change our personal, professional, and collegiate lives. Refreshments provided. 

CommUNITY Speaker: Ariel Coro

October 1, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Lewis & Clark 262, Student Union

Film Screening of Submit: The Documentary

October 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Brookings Public Library

By exploring the complicated dynamics behind cyberbullying, Submit: The Documentary describes 
the impact and outcomes of advanced technology and human nature in a lawless, new, social frontier.

Technology Resource Fair

October 9, 11:00 - 1:00 p.m., Main Street, Student Union

Get familiar with technology related resources across campus and in the community and 
learn how the themes of this year's Commo Read can apply to your everyday life.

Writing as Reflection: Exploring the ABC'S of the Conscientious Use of Technology

October 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Rotunda G

An evening of guided journaling, focusing on technologies present in our lives and their impact on our relationships with ourselves and others. Participants will also learn about methods and benefits of journaling.

Instagram Does What to Your Memory?!

October 23, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Rotunda D

You’ll be shocked by what the science of psychology has uncovered about human cognition and technology. Through this interactive session, attendees will understand the effects of technology, including social media, on users’ cognition and memory. 

Griffith Honors Forum Lecture: Adam Alter

October 29, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Larson Memorial Concert Hall

About the Author

Headshot of author Adam Alter.

Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Stern School of Business at New York University. His research focuses on judgment and decision-making and social psychology. 

Author website:

About the Common Read Program

Each Year, Honors College champions a campus and community Common Read experience. This initiative is designed to bring together people from all areas of campus and the Brookings Community to learn, discuss, and engage a singular, impactful book and associated themes. 

The Common Read started in 2009. It was originally designed to raise the level of academic challenge at SDSU, enhance our awareness of diverse perspectives, increase faculty and student interaction, encourage service, and promote enriching, engaging educational experiences both in and outside class.

Throughout the fall semester, the Common Read Committee partners with the Brookings Human Rights Commission and other campus and community groups to sponsor and support Common Read events on campus and within the Brookings community. These strong partnerships garner a large amount of campus and community support and involvement with teh Common Read.

Taken from the Honors College website.

Borrow from Briggs Library

Briggs Library has two physical copies of Irresistible: one in the main stacks and one on reserve. Audiobook and eBook versions are also available. 


For more information on topics related to technology how humans interact with it, search your topic in one of the library databases below. Workign on a project for a class? Check out our Research 101 guide to get started. 

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