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One Book / One University

About the Program

One Book/One University is designed to provide incoming students with a shared academic experience through reading a common text.  A different book will be selected each academic year based on recommendations from the campus community.   Steering and Book Selection committees with representation from numerous university departments administer the program and determine which book will be used each year.  

Through One Book / One University experiences new students will be able to make connections with faculty and peers as well as be encouraged to partipicate in campus activities related to the book.  

 Additional information for:

Students    Benefits to students and FAQ’s about the program.

Faculty      Access resources about the book, author, and related topics.

Events       See what’s happening on campus regarding this year’s selection.


About the Book

The book selection for the 2013/2014 academc year is The Shallows What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholar Carr.

 The Shallows Book Cover

 Excerpt from W.W. Norton, Inc Book Review:

“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? 

Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.


Nominating a Book

Suggestions for future book selections can be emailed to (link opens to CLAS email address in this window).   Please include book title, author, ISBN, and publisher information.   View book criteria (link opens in this window) before submitting a nomination to ensure that your title meets the One Book / One University book selection committee requirements.  

 Student Reading The Shallows