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A Campus-Wide Common Read on Water

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Frederick Nelson

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Transcript of A Campus-Wide Common Read on Water

A Campus-Wide
Common Reading
at Fresno State

A Presentation
to the Water Cluster
September 18, 2014

"Given that water is both the most familiar substance in our lives, and the most important substance in our lives, the really astonishing thing is that most of us don’t think of ourselves as having a relationship to water."
Fishman, Charles (2011-04-12). The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water (Kindle Locations 131-132). Free Press. Kindle Edition.
What is a Common Read Initiative?
An effort to engage students, faculty, staff, and the campus community in all reading the same book

Readings coordinated with campus events
Author visit
Panel discussions
Student presentations

Faculty Learning Community
Interested faculty meet 3x each semester

Discuss opportunities for integrating selected readings from the book into their courses

Support from Academic Affairs

Faculty Interest in
Learning about Water
Recruitment of colleagues by Water Cohort faculty

36 faculty members registered

Interest from faculty in every school/college

Potential impact on over 1000 students
Potential Events
Campus visit from Charles Fishman

Panel discussions

Library displays

Student presentations

Support from the Provost's Office
Documentary Screening
Earth Day 2015
Program impact
Conference presentations
Journal articles

The mission of the Fresno State Interdisciplinary Water Cohort is to engage the campus and community in discussions and activities to build awareness and develop understanding of water issues and challenges, in order to incite action, address the issues, and collaborate to construct solutions for the Central Valley and worldwide.
How to get involved
Connections to industry, agriculture, and the community

Thanks for your interest
The Fresno State Interdisciplinary Water Cohort
About The Big Thirst
"an engrossing, globe-trotting narrative"
--Publishers Weekly

"A timely warning about the dwindling global water supply"

"Fishman is rigorous when explaining that the water we have now is all the water we will ever have"
Frederick L. Nelson
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