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Open Books - Open Minds

Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,
will be speaking at RIC on October 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in Alger 110!

Visit Nicholas Carr’s website: Outside Link

Watch for upcoming announcements of more events for the 2016-2017 academic year, all inspired by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows.

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).

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

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 copies of the The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains and previous book selections for your reading pleasure. The OBOM committee welcomes suggestions for future books.

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