USD to Host Big Read Event Featuring Renowned Author Tim O’Brien

The University of San Diego will host a Big Read event featuring the novel The Things They Carried by renowned author Tim O'Brien and a talk by the author himself.

The book discussion takes place Tuesday, April 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hahn University Center in room 107. The keynote presentation featuring O'Brien takes place Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Hahn University Center Forum.

The Things They Carried is O'Brien's collection of stories about soldiers in the Vietnam War and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. According to a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey, Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults reading literature. In response, the NEA implemented a program in 2006 designed to restore reading to the center of American culture known as the Big Read. The program provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities.

Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to or call (619) 260-7455.

USD is sponsoring the event with the Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.