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Common Read 2016: Living Downstream: Home

Need resources to use with this year's Common Read book? Try this guide.

Teaching Resources

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.

The Common Read is sponsored by:

Living Downstream

Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber is an internationally-recognized science writer whose efforts as biologist, activist, and author have shaped public discussion of environmental health for the past two decades. Her work is renowned for its characteristic blend of personal experience (living with cancer), lucid vision (of the literary experience of place), and unflinching analysis (of cancer's environmental underpinnings in ecosystemic pollution). Steingraber is a regular contributor to a host of national news outlets, a recipient of numerous awards, and frequent consultant for national and international environmental policy. She is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where her work has informed local debates about carcinogenic legacies of hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking). 

For more about Steingraber, visit

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