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2010 Theme:   Beyond borders: the human experience

This year's selection is Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario.

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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 2010. 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 2010 aims to:
  • Generate informed discussion of key issues by promoting the reading and discussion of books on the broad theme of borders and their significance to the human experience.

  • 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 across the disciplines that can provide us with a broader understanding of the impacts of cultural, political and geographical borders.

  • Create a sense of fun and camaraderie on campus while addressing an important issue.
This year's theme is Beyond borders: the human experience. The book chosen for discussion, Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother by Sonia Nazario, allows us a glimpse of life beyond the political and cultural border between the United States and its southern neighbors. With the help of our sponsors, the UCSB Library will distribute 2,500 free copies of the book to UCSB students, beginning January 14, 2010. Discounted copies of Enrique's Journey are available at the UCSB Bookstore. The Santa Barbara Public Library System offers multiple 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 author will be speaking at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:30pm, Campbell Hall. Free. Sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Reads 2010 is a collaborative effort of the UCSB Library, Arts & Lectures, Writing Program, campus radio KCSB-FM 91.9, Associated Students, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, Housing & Residential Services, Latin American & Iberian Studies Program, MultiCultural Center, UCSB Bookstore, Santa Barbara Public Library System, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Antioch University, and local area high schools.

UCSB Reads 2010 Information Overview [pdf file]


We are proud and pleased to recognize the generous support of UCSB Reads by our 2010 sponsors, and wish to thank them for their contributions to this dynamic campus initiative.

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