Open Books - Open Minds

Adobe PDFOBOM Student Conference Program

Register now for the Fifth Annual Open Books – Open Minds Student Conference!

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The conference is free and open to the public.
See below for more information about the conference on April 8.

Thank you to all who voted!

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce that the
2016-2017 Common Book is:


The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
 by Nicholas Carr is the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. Carr 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—interweaving 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.

W.W. Norton & Company

Join us for more events inspired by the 2015-16 common book: 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)

“Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú - the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss” (Riverhead Books).



Upcoming Events

The Fifth Annual Open Books – Open Minds Conference, inspired by Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Featuring keynote lecture by award-winning visual artist, Freddy Rodríguez, on the pursuit of political and artistic freedom. Outside Linkhttp://freddyrodriguez.comFriday, April 8, 2016, Student Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adobe PDFClick for conference poster | Adobe PDFClick for keynote poster

Adobe PDFCall for papers, panels, and poster sessions

The conference is a great opportunity for students to get involved with the intellectual life of the college, connect with faculty members, and gain experience presenting their academic work.


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

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have the top three titles for your reading pleasure. The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections and your suggestions for future books. http://www.ric.edu/obom/suggestions.php

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