UCSB Reads

About UCSB Reads

UCSB Reads is a common reading experience that engages the campus and the broader Santa Barbara community in conversations about a key topic while reading the same book.  The program was begun in 2007 by the UCSB Library and UCSB Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas, and immediately won that year’s prestigious John Cotton Dana Award given by the American Library Association.  Lucas remains very supportive of the program: “From the beginning, the goal of UCSB Reads has been to encourage a common reading and intellectual experience for our community and to stimulate discussion of important interdisciplinary issues.  It unifies the campus and provides opportunities for our faculty to go out into the community to share their knowledge and expertise.” 

You can support this vital, dynamic initiative by making an online gift.  Please designate "UCSB Reads" in the memo field when making your gift.

UCSB Reads Sites From Previous Years

  • 2014
  • Book: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan
  • 2013
  • Book: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
  • 2012 
  • Theme:  Making an Impact.  What's Yours?
  • Book:  Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn
  • 2011 
  • Theme:  Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity
  • Book:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2010 
  • Theme: Beyond Borders: the Human Experience
  • Book:  Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • 2009 
  • Theme:  Ethics. Beyond Ourselves.
  • Book:  Ethics for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama
  • 2008 
  • Theme: Globalization and Global Citizenship.
  • Book:  The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: an Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli
  • 2007 
  • Theme: Global Warming, Science & Society.
  • Book:   Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert