EMU Common Reads

EMU’s intellectual life committee invites you to join the campus reading program, which will focus on The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas Carr.

About our book for 2014-15

The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brain by Nicholas Carr was a Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and a finalist for the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award.

About the author, Nicholas Carr

In addition to The Shallows, Nicholas Carr is the author of two earlier books, The Big Switch (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has been a columnist for The Guardian and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Sunday Times (London), The New Republic, The Financial Times, Die Zeit and other periodicals. His essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has been collected in several anthologies, including The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009, The Best Technology Writing 2009, and The Best Spiritual Writing 2010.

Carr has served as a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors and has been a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured before many academic and professional groups around the world. He writes the popular blog Rough Type. Earlier in his career, he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English and American Literature and Language, from Harvard University – Taken from http://www.theshallowsbook.com


  • Faculty Response with Jerry Holsopple, Walt Surratt, Dee Weikle – Tuesday Lunch October 28, noon in the West Dining Room.
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, UVA, author of "The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry) – Keim Lectures, November 11 at 4 pm, Main Stage.
  • Dan Willingham, UVA, author of “When Can You Trust the Experts?” (2012) – University Colloquium, November 19, 4 pm, Main Stage Theater, Are new technologies changing the way kids think?
  • Mark Bauerlein, Emory, author of “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30” (2008) – Writer’s read, February 5th, 6 pm, Common Grounds
  • February 2 Faculty Assembly
  • February 4 TGIW Follow-up Conversation from the Faculty Assembly, Common Grounds, 4pm
  • Tuesday Luncheon with Jennifer Ulrich & Jayne Docherty – Tuesday Lunch March 10, noon in the West Dining Room, What is scholarly communication?