Calendar (2010-2011)

May 13 (Friday): Deadline extended: last chance to donate to CSUN's "Mile of Quarters" in support of Autism Speaks

Apr. 23 (Saturday): Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Join Team CSUN! Free bus leaves CSUN's lot G-3 at 6 a.m.; registration required for riders.

Apr. 20 (Thursday): Unified We Serve hosts the UNIFIED4AUTISM carnival: 2-5 p.m., Plaza del Sol, USU. Free. Games, booths, music by "Arrest My Sister."

Apr. 17 (Sunday): last chance to donate to CSUN's "Mile of Quarters" (USU Sol Center Lobby).

Mar. 23 (Wednesday): Matador Involvement Center screens Temple Grandin (HBO), and a discussion led by two clinicians from CSUN's autism clinic. 5:30-8:30 p.m., USU Theater (in the USU above the Northridge Center).

Nov. 18 (Thursday): Freshman Celebration

Oct. 23 (Saturday): GE Honors Freshmen volunteer at Denim & Diamonds benefit for ACT

October 22 (Friday), 5 p.m.: "A Curious Night at CSUN's Bianchi Planetarium."

Oct. 19 & 20 (Tues. & Wed.): Art for Change: United Sorority & Fraternity Council benefit for Autism Speaks. Magnolia Walk, CSUN. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Oct. 16 (Saturday): Run for Autism Awareness

Oct. 2 (Saturday): CSUN Associated Students benefit for Autism Speaks: glow sticks booth

Sep. 28 Thursday): The EAP Faculty/Staff Book Group discusses Curious Incident. fmi: x2681

Sep. 25-Oct. 2 (Sat.-Sat.): Banned Books Week (more info. at ALA and BBW)

Sep. 2 Freshman Convocation with keynote speaker Holly Robinson Peete

Fall semester (ongoing): "A Curious Spectrum: Exploring Autism." Oviatt Library Lobby Exhibit

Aug. 23, 2010 and ongoing: Unified We Serve hosts The 1Power4Autism CSUN Campus Challenge

Aug. 23 (and continuing): Free Curious Incident bookmarks available for CSUN students (at the Info. Desk in the Library lobby) and faculty (email Cheryl Spector).

Autism and Asperger's

Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)

Autism Speaks

DSM-IV-R definition of Autistic Disorder

Famous People with Autism

Fictional People on the Autism Spectrum

Mark Haddon on Autism & Asperger's (from his blog)

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin's 2008 Speech at Illinois Wesleyan University

Curious Incident at Other Schools and Universities

Idaho State University (2010)

Illinois Wesleyan University

Northridge Academy High School

Occidental College

Roanoke College: see especially Curious Mathematics

SUNY Brockport (2005)

Freshman Common Reading Programs on Other Campuses

CSUN's Common Reading Archives

2009-2010: The Soloist

2008-2009: Nickel and Dimed

2007-2008: The Things They Carried

Farewell to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

This web page for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon was archived on June 1, 2011. Please visit the Common Reading Home Page for information about events and assignments for the current year's Freshman Common Reading at CSU Northridge.

Assignments Using Curious Incident

Looking for classroom assignments and discussion topics you can use with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time? You'll find them on the Curious Incident Assignments Blog (at

Have a good idea for teaching with the book? Submit it for publication via the Assignments Blog.

Ideas for Campus Events

In Memoriam: Wellington. This campus-wide art project invites members of the campus community to decorate and display the distinctive silhouette of the dog Wellington (upside down, please, to match the bookmark and the book) on a bulletin board or other prominent campus space. (To request a silhouette or fmi: Cheryl Spector or x6535). Need inspiration, or want to brag about your own Wellington? Visit Wellington's photo blog.

A Curious Banquet: a display of foods Christopher would eat (with an emphasis on nutritional analysis and foods in the novel). Should include orange squash, Battenburg, and Gobi Aloo Sag at a minimum. Depending on the size of the event, students might consume the displayed foods...

CSUN Expertise on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ronald M. Borczon, MT-BC

Emily Iland, MA

Debra Berry Malmberg, PhD

Dee L. Shepherd-Look, PhD

Ivor Weiner, PhD

CSUN Department of Special Education Added Authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center

Curious Links (Links Relevant to Curious Incident)

Kuoni Travel (179)

Mark Haddon's Blog

NPR on Mark Haddon

NPR on The Curious Incident

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Powell's Books interviews Mark Haddon

Publisher's Reading Guide for Curious Incident

"Seeing is Believing: Visual Teaching and Learning." The NEA Advocate, February 2010.

The Sherlockian.Net Holmepage: Sherlock Holmes on the Web

Red bookmark with silhouette of upside down black dog. Text: "READ" with CSUN wordmark and URLs for Oviatt Library and CSUN's Common Reading Program. Books, Movies, Articles, and Television

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. Oliver Sacks, 1995.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior. Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, 2005.

"Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity." Disability Studies Quarterly 30.1 (2010). (Journal special issue.)

"Autism 'Clusters' Linked to Parents' Education" (NPR 1/26/2010)

Autism Gives Woman An "Alien View" of Social Brains (NPR 8/23/2010)

Autism in L.A. Los Angeles Magazine special issue. September 2010.

Autism: The Musical. Movie. 2007; this version, 2008.

"Autism's First Child." John Donovan and Caren Zucker. The Atlantic (Oct. 2010).

Big Bang Theory. CBS television series, 2007-present.

Chaos: Making a New Science. James Gleick, 1986. (See Curious Incident p. 96 and also chapter 151.

"First Autistic Presidential Appointee Speaks Out." Wired Science. 6 Oct. 2010.

Forrest Gump. Movie. 1994; this version, 2001.

Good Will Hunting. Movie. 1997.

"Hidden Light: The Visual Language of an Autistic Photographer" by Steve Silberman. Online. 9 Feb. 2011.

House Rules. Jodi Picoult. 2010.

"How My Son Taught Me about His Autism." Joslyn Gray, 11 Oct 2010.

Look Me In the Eye: My Life with Asperger's. John Elder Robison, 2008. Three Rivers Press.

"Memoir: On Spectrum: My Daughter, Her Autism, Our Life." Sally Tisdale. Harper's Magazine. April 2010.

"School's Ice-cream Parlor Dishes Up Life Skills" (Los Angeles Times 18 July 2010)

"Students, Meet Your New Teacher: Mr. Robot." Benedict Carey and John Markoff. New York Times, 10 July 2010.

Temple Grandin. Movie. HBO, 2010. Five Emmys. Available for checkout from the Academic First Year Experiences Library at CSUN: x6535 or visit CIELO, Sierra Hall 4th floor "rooftop" corridor.

Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism. Temple Grandin, 1995.

CSUN student Darnesa reads "The Curious Incident."