The Common Reading Experience 2012-2013

In Defense of Food book cover

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First-year students enrolled in ASC 101: Introduction to University Life will share the common experience of reading In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

The goal of this common reading program is to create a shared learning experience that fosters student engagement, retention, and personal development beyond the classroom.  In pursuing this initiative, CSU joins college campuses throughout the country that make this part of the freshman year experience.  Although directed primarily at freshmen, we hope to engage the entire campus in this reading experience through promoting the book in other courses and sponsoring campus-wide activities to highlight the reading and its intersection with different disciplines and issues.

This year's book, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, investigates the relationship between food and health. Debunking the current belief that the nutritional value of a food is the only thing we should consider for a healthy diet, Michael Pollan suggests that culture and common sense may have more to teach us about how to eat than science. The book also explores problems with the Western diet and its reliance on "edible foodlike substances."

Books chosen for the Common Reading Experience in previous years include:

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