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2011-2013 Books of the Year: "Money and Morality"

The UAA/APU Books of the Year program is a powerful partnership that brings faculty, staff, and community members together to understand common themes.  The books serve as the catalyst for discussions of larger issues of local and international significance.

Not Your Average University Common Reading Program

The Books of the Year program started in 2006 as part of a Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues initiative -- one of only 26 in the country -- to provide a safe environment on campuses for discussions of challenging topics.  UAA and APU are now national leaders in this area.

Because of its Difficult Dialogues beginnings, the UAA/APU program is different than other university common reading programs.  Its goal is to select books that provoke serious discussion about serious issues, rather than providing "introduction to college" exercises or a freshman class bonding experience.

Based on a general theme, the faculty select two books that encourage in-depth discussion of challenging or multifaceted topics.  The associated programming encourages readers to explore the theme, not just the books, and provide creative venues and forums for people to express their interpretations in different ways.

More About the 2011-2013 Books

The Big Short by Michael Lewis:

Michael Lewis on "60 Minutes"

Michael Lewis on "The Daily Show"

Michael Lewis on "Charlie Rose"

Michael Lewis on "Fresh Air"

The Big Short Publisher's Web Page


The Working Poor by David K. Shipler:

David Shipler at Dartmouth

David Shipler on Publisher's Web Page

David Shipler interview with Ray Suarez of PBS Online

David Shipler's Blog

David Shipler at Case Western Reserve University


2010-2011 Books of the Year
     2010-2011 Reader's Guide
     2010-2011 Supplemental Materials

2009-2010 Books of the Year
     2009-2010 Reader's Guide
     2009-2010 Supplemental Materials

2008-2009 Books of the Year
     2008-2009 Reader's Guide
     2008-2009 Supplemental Materials

2007-2008 Books of the Year
     2007-2008 Reader's Guide
2006-2007 Books of the Year

Annual Books of the Year Programming

  • Keynote lectures by featured authors.  Past lecturers include T.C. Boyle, Byron Mallott, Seth Kantner, and Charles Wohlforth.
  • A public debate by the internationally award-winning Seawolf Debate Team, related to Books of the Year themes.
  • Community forums and panel discussions, where people can exchange stories, insights, and reflections about the books.

    For more information, visit the UAA Books of the Year Web Site.

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