Sep. 12 (Thursday): Freshman Convocation. 6 p.m. Oviatt Lawn.
Dec. 4-5 (Wednesday-Thursday): Freshman Celebration 2013
Freshman common reading programs on other campuses
2012-2013: One Amazing Thing
2011-2012: The Glass Castle
2009-2010: The Soloist
2008-2009: Nickel and Dimed
2007-2008: The Things They Carried
Welcome to Cal State Northridge! CSUN's 2013-2014 Freshman Common Reading is Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes. You may be surprised to learn that "we are best understood by what we throw away." You may even disagree. But consider that the average American throws away "about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year"--including "enough plastic film to shrink wrap Texas" (a tantalizing thought!).
As a new freshman, you are invited to read the book and to discuss it as part of a campus-wide community of readers. If you are enrolled in UNIV 100 for summer or fall 2013, you will have the opportunity to read some or all of Garbology as part of the course. Reflecting about a book in this way places academic engagement—teaching and learning—at the very center of the community that you are about to join. The Common Reading allows us all to think, talk, and learn together across and beyond the boundaries of any single classroom.
Edward Humes (the author of Garbology) will be the keynote speaker this fall at Freshman Convocation. Read this book; talk about it with other students; and discuss it with faculty, with staff, with administrators, with friends, and even (who knows?) with your family.
Welcome to CSUN!
Anthropology Department: "archaeologists have a lot to say about garbage" (according to one professor) and "I'm a sucker for garbage" (another professor).
Garbology bookmarks (designed by Susanna Eng-Ziskin and Joyclyn Dunham, Oviatt Library) are available to CSUN faculty, staff, and students on request: email Cheryl Spector for more information.
Bea Johnson gives a tour of her house (video): http://www.thewomenseye.com/2011/01/21/interview-bea-johnson/
Edward Humes's website: http://www.edwardhumes.com/
Garbology Facebook page
MIT's Trash Track: http://senseable.mit.edu/trashtrack/
NPR story about Edward Humes and the Pacific Garbage Patch: "Following Garbage's Long Journey around the Earth."
Recology's Arist-in-Residence Program: http://www.sunsetscavenger.com/AIR
Classroom assignments and discussion topics faculty can use with Garbology are posted on the faculty workshop page. If you have a new idea for teaching with the book, please email it to me and I'll add it to the collection.