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2009 Theme:   Ethics. Beyond ourselves.

This year's Read is Ethics for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama.

Change begins with learning . . .

The UCSB Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, with generous support from many UCSB sponsors, are proud to present the UCSB Reads common reading experience during winter quarter 2009. Community partners include the Santa Barbara Public Library System, the Santa Barbara City College Luria Library, the Westmont College Library, the Antioch University Library, and local high schools.

Each year, this award-winning program engages our broad and diverse community in a series of conversations, lectures, readings, displays, and other activities that explore interdisciplinary issues sparked by the selected read. Copies of the book are distributed free to interested students, and faculty members are encouraged to incorporate the book into their class curricula.

UCSB Reads 2009 aims to:
  • Generate informed discussion of key issues by promoting the reading and discussion of books on the specific theme of ethics.

  • Encourage the exchange of ideas among members of the campus and Santa Barbara communities. Our community partners include the Santa Barbara Public Library System, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and Antioch University.

  • Create further campus appreciation of the library and the role it plays in education and research.

  • Highlight academic strengths of studies in ethics beyond ourselves, across the disciplines.

  • Create a sense of fun and camaraderie on campus while addressing an important issue.
This year's theme is Ethics. Beyond ourselves. The book chosen for discussion, Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, shows that we can each be happier by treating one another ethically and respectfully. With the help of our sponsors, the UCSB Library will distribute 2,500 free copies of the book to UCSB students, beginning January 21st. [NOTE: All free copies have been distributed.] Discounted copies of Ethics for the New Millennium will be available at the UCSB Bookstore. The Santa Barbara Public Library System offers a book on tape version which you can listen to as well as hundreds of copies available for check out.

After you finish reading the book, redistribute your copy to another reader! There is a collection box in UCSB's Davidson Library for this purpose.

Faculty and students will be exploring the multi-disciplined issues and topics covered in the selected book. Community events related to the book includes lectures, panel discussions, and workshops. Check the Events page for a complete schedule of events for the UCSB Reads program, and please join us!

The Dalai Lama will be visiting UC Santa Barbara on April 24, 2009: click here for further details. NOTE: both lectures are SOLD OUT.

UCSB/SB Reads is a collaborative effort of the UCSB Library, UCSB Arts & Lectures, campus radio KCSB-FM 91.9, Santa Barbara Public Library System, the Santa Barbara City College Luria Library, the Westmont College Library, and the Antioch University Library.

UCSB Reads 2009 Information Overview [pdf file]


We are proud and pleased to recognize the generous support of UCSB Reads by our 2009 sponsors, and wish to thank them for their contributions to this dynamic campus initiative.

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Last modified: 04/28/09