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American Democracy Project

Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093


One Campus One Book

The 2017 One Campus, One Book committee would like to thank all who submitted a book for One Campus, One Book. After reviewing many terrific nominations, "Children of the New World" by Alexander Weinstein, was chosen.


2017: Children of the New World

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A little bit about "Children of the New World":
Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and frighteningly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while other inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster.

A little bit about One Campus, One Book:
One Campus, One Book is a common reading program at UCM whose purpose is to engage all of our students and campus community in a shared, academically-driven experience. This initiative is intended to bring meaningful conversations on relevant, complex subjects beyond the classroom and into students' daily lives. The common reading program will culminate in a visit by the book's author to our campus in November.

By bringing to campus an author whose book will be included in first-year composition courses, this program will engage students with a text that addresses a contemporary social issue, encourage them to extend critical and rhetorical analysis to their lives beyond the classroom, and help them synthesize what may seem like disparate academic subjects, creating an interdisciplinary spirit of curiosity on campus. Pleiades, a journal of new writing, is a great resource to learn more about various subjects as well as find book reviews.



Previous One Campus One Book Selections:

2016: Elena Passarello's Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays
2015: Elizabeth Svoboda's What Makes a Hero

2014: Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2013: Jonathon Gotschall's Storytelling Animal