First-Year Summer Reading
An important part of your preparation for this fall is your summer reading assignment.
"Given that water is both the most familiar substance in our lives, and the most important substance in our lives, the really astonishing thing is that most of us don’t think of ourselves as having a relationship to water. It’s perfectly natural to talk about our relationship to our car or our relationship to food, our relationship to alcohol, or money or to god... If we’re going to be ready for a new era of water, we need to reclaim water from our superficial sense of it, we need to reclaim it from the clichés. We need to rediscover its true value, and also the serious commitment required to provide it. It is one of the ironies of our relationship to water that the moment it becomes unavailable, the moment it really disappears—that’s when water becomes most urgently visible."
Each year we ask new students to purchase and read a book before arriving on campus in the fall. For 2013-14, all first-year students are expected to read and reflect on The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman (Free Press, 2011). Fishman's work will provide the foundation for a year-long campus-wide discussion of water and humanity's relationship with it, both in Southern California and around the globe. This discussion will be continued in the CSP Lecture Series and in a variety of events and programs which will be offered throughout the year.
You can purchase The Big Thirst at your local bookstore or from one of the following vendors:
If you have questions about the summer reading, please contact the Core Program at email@example.com.
- Phone: 323-259-2918
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: 102 Johnson Student Center
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