Annual Common Theme
Every year, St. Edward’s chooses a Common Theme - a theme that guides programming and discussions across campus. Building from this theme, we also chose a common book that elaborates upon this theme. The author of the common book comes to campus for a lecture and all incoming freshmen read the book before arrival providing shared experiences and discussions.
At St. Edward’s we also have a common theme play that all freshmen attend, expanding further their shared knowledge and experience.
Our 2013-2014 is Expanding Human Rights. Our incoming students will read Half the Sky by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
More information to come...
Our 2012-2013 common theme was How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse: Dystopias and Sustainability.
In October 2012, our Common Theme Speaker, Max Brooks, came to St. Edward's and talked about surviving a zombie apocalyse and how a zombie story gives people a ficitonal lens to discuss the real problems of the world. Below are some pictures from his visit and book signing.
Common Theme Speaker: Author Max Brooks: Oct. 10
7-9 p.m., Recreation and Convocation Center Gym Floor
Max Brooks, New York Times best-selling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, has been called "the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism." World War Z was chosen as this year's common text that all incoming St. Edward's students read. Come hear Brooks talk about surviving a zombie apocalypse and how a zombie story gives people a fictional lens to discuss the real problems of the world. A book signing will follow.
Info: Jennifer A Phlieger, 512-637-5648
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