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Open Books - Open Minds

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce the top three contenders for 2015-16 Common Book:

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (2007)
    Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (2010)
    Zahra's Paradise by Amir and Khalil (2011)

To view descriptions of the book, or to cast your vote, follow this link to the survey: Outside Linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HR9C9DZ

VOTING DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 4, 2015

2014-2015 Common Book Selection


Musicophilia : Tales of Music and the Brain

by Oliver Sacks (Knopf 2007)

Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and everyday people, the author explores the complex human response to music, detailing the full range of human reactions to music, what goes on and can go wrong when we listen to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.

Adobe PDFMusicophilia Reading Notes





Upcoming Events

April 10: The Fourth Annual Open Books – Open Minds Student Conference, inspired by Oliver Sack’s Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Friday, April 10, 2015, Alger 110, 8 am to 4 pm Featuring Keynote performative lecture on Movement and Music: William Evans, Artistic Director of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Summer Institutes; Professor of Dance and Artist in Residence, Palladino School of Dance at Dean College; Winner of the 2010 Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award.

Call for papers, panels, poster sessions: Adobe PDFhttps://www.ric.edu/obom/pdf/OBOM_call_for_papers_2015.pdf

January 8: Fall Proposals Deadline

March 19: Spring Proposals Deadline.

April 2: OBOM Writing Awards Deadline. Winners will receive cash prizes, and papers will be archived by the Adams Library on Digital Commons.


Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

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