USD Just Read! Encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the book selection will be The Ghost Map, written by Steven Johnson. Various CEE programs will be offered this fall, including two on-campus book discussions, a faculty led panel discussion, and related films.
Please contact us if you are interested in possible programming, course and syllabus integration, or any other collaborative projects for next year.
The Ghost Map (2013) Flyers
The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson
“This is a story with four protagonists: a deadly bacterium, a vast city, and two gifted but very different men.” So begins Steven Johnson’s multi-layered account of the 1854 London cholera epidemic. London was just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world, but it lacked the public health infrastructure to support its exploding population. As a result, the city became the perfect breeding ground for a deadly disease. Rising up against the dogma of the scientific community, two men, Dr. John Snow and Reverend Henry Whitehead, attempted to put a stop to the epidemic, and in doing so revolutionized the way we think of the spread of disease, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the rise of the modern city.
Upcoming Spring 2014
A Presentation by John Cooper, Director of Innovation Centre at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara in Spring 2013
Recap of Fall 2013 Events
|Alcala Park Readers Book Discussion (Facilitated by students from Dr. Sue Lowery's Bio 190 introduction to Evolution class)||Thursday, 10/31/2013||12:30 to 1:45 PM||in UC 128|
|Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion (Moderated by Dr. Sue Lowery, Biology)||Friday, 11/8/2013||3:00 to 5:00 PM||in Salomon Hall|
Seminars and Presentations
|Ethnic Studies Labovitz - Perez Lecture Series: Enviormental Justice and the State of Exception (Dr. Devon Peña, University of Washington)||Thursday, 10/24/2013||6:30 to 9:00 PM||in Salomon Hall|
|Sewers and Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on The Ghost Map||Monday, 11/4/2013||11:15 to 12:15 PM||in Salomon Hall|
|Biology Department Seminar: Vibrio Cholerae (Dr. Finat Yildiz, UC Santa Cruz)||Friday, 11/8/2013||12:20 to 1:20 PM||IPJ Theatre|
|Making John Snow’s Map Today using Geographic
Information Systems Technology (Dr. Zhi-Yong Yin, Marine Science and Environmental Studies) - For USD Faculty Only
|Thursday, 10/29/2013||12:15 to 2:15 PM||in SCST 173|
|Cadillac Desert: The American West and it's Disappearing Water (Hosted through Outdoor Adventures)||Tuesday, 11/12/2013||5:00 to 7:00 PM||UC 129|
A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year
It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time.
In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.
About.com - Contemporary Literature Review
Powell's Books - Book Review
About the Author
Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of Everything Bad Is Good For You, Mind Wide Open, Emergence, and Interface Culture. He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Department of Journalism, and the founder of several influential websites, including FEED, Plastic, and, currently, outside.in. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their three sons.
Click here to read a blog entry from Steven Johnson on The Ghost Map
Further Resources & Readings
The Ghost Map - Official Website
John Snow - UCLA Department of Epidemiology
Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow - American Journal of Epidemiology
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