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Common Read 2017: Air: Restless Shaper of the World: Welcome

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Common Read

The UC Merced Common Read promotes a greater sense of community among students and faculty and fosters the kinds of open inquiry characteristic of academic life. The common read is required reading in general education and writing courses (Core 1 and Writing 10) and recommended reading in other first-year courses. There are also university-wide events associated with the book, including faculty symposia, guest lectures, and film screenings. For more information, please contact Tom Hothem.

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About the Book

About the Author

"William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company. Logan has won numerous Quill and Trowel Awards from the Garden Writers of America and won a 2012 Senior Scholar Award from the New York State chapter of the International Society of Arborists. He also won an NEH grant to translate Calderon de la Barca. He is on faculty at NYBG and is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. The same filmmakers are currently planning a documentary made from Air. He lives in New York City" ("About," n.d.).

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