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Book Reveal 2023

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Common Read Program

Each year, Honors 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 serve and promote enriching, engaging educational experiences both in and outside class.

The Common Read Committee is a group of students, faculty, staff and community members who plan and implement the Common Read experience each year. The group selects the book, provides training for faculty and staff who will be teaching the book and plans numerous events designed to encourage participation and employ critical thinking around the text. 

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 the Common Read. - Honors College Common Read Webpage

About the Author

Ed Yong is a British-American science journalist. He reports for The Atlantic, and is based in Washington, DC.

For his coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ed won the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism; the George Polk Award for science reporting; the Benton Award for distinguished public service; the Victor Cohn Prize for medical science reporting, the Neil and Susan Sheehan Award for investigative journalism; the John P. McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers’ Association; and the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for in-depth reporting. He was also a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award in public service.

He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers—AN IMMENSE WORLD, about the extraordinary sensory worlds of other animals; and I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, about the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes. An Immense World won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and was listed as one of the top books of the year by the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the Economist, People, Barack Obama, and more than 30 other lists.

Prior to joining the Atlantic, Ed’s writing also featured in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, the New York Times, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, and other publications. He regularly does talks and interviews, and his TED talk on mind-controlling parasites has been watched by over 1.9 million people. His work has appeared in three editions of the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology, which he then guest-edited in 2021.

Ed cares deeply about accurate, nuanced, and empathetic reporting; clear and vivid storytelling; and social equality. He writes about everything that is or was once alive, from the quirky world of animal behaviour to the equally quirky lives of scientists, from the microbes that secretly rule the world to the species that are blinking out of it, from the people who are working to make science more reliable to those who are using it to craft policies. His stories span 3.7 billion years, from the origin of life itself to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is married to Liz Neeley, founder of Liminal Creations, and is parent to Typo, a corgi. He has a Chatham Island black robin named after him.


Author Interviews

Find it at Briggs

Briggs Library has several copies of "An Immense World" available for check-out. Click the link below to see the copies that are available. Items on reserve can be asked for at the Library Services Desk on the library main floor. We also have an e-book that can be accessed using the link below. Click here for a tutorial that can help with troubleshooting. 

2023 Common Read Events

Griffith Honors Forum Lecture

Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef

Thursday, February 15, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

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