Common Reading


University Theme: Memory

Anthology Table of Contents

  • Remember This, Joshua Foer, Introduction by Allie Bochicchio
  • Swann's Way Overture Excerpt, Marcel Proust, Introduction by Sumerly Buccino
  • The Making, and Unmaking of a Child Soldier, Ishmael Beah, Introduction by Cindy Whitmoyer
  • Patterns, Amy Lowell, Introduction by Susan Bowers
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi, Introduction by Laurence Roth
  • My Father's Brain, Jonathan Franzen, Introduction by Anne Reeves
  • Under Suspicion, Atul Gawande, Inroduction by Allan Sobel
  • In a Grove, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Introduction by Rob Rotell
  • The Abyss, Oliver Sacks, Introduction by Jeff Whitman
  • Some Patterns and Meanings of Memory Distortion in American History, Michael Kammen, Introduction by Richard Orwig
  • Elvis Presley and the Politics of Popular Memory, Michael T. Bertrand, Introduction by Ed Slavishak
  • Columbus and Western Civilization, Howard Zinn, Introduction by Alissa Packer
  • Memory is Immortal, Elizabeth Stoddard, Introduction by Karla Kelsey

The Art of Memory, an anthology

As the university celebrates its sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the institution's founding, we consider the idea of memory--the theme for the 2008-09 academic year. One place where you will have a chance to explore the theme of memory is the university's Common Reading.

This year's Common Reading is an anthology composed of essays, short stories, poems and even excerpts from a graphic memoir. Each selection approaches memory from a different perspective and includes a brief introduction written by a member of the SU community. These introductions are intended to provide you with background information that will help you navigate each piece. The title of the anthology, Art of Memory, is attributed to the ancient Greek poet Simonides. One of the authors will provide an explanation of the history of this piece.

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