This year's campus common read is The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu. Please join us for these FREE events throughout the academic year. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate, and the final event is spring is open to the public.  Questions: or call (760)750-4333.


FALL 2018

Storytelling Workshops

There will be a series of workshops for all CSUSM students, faculty, and staff led by our very own Dr. Mary Robertson (Assistant Professor of Sociology) during the Fall 2018 semester. The workshops will focus on how to craft, develop, and perform a personal narrative tailored to the theme of "living a life of joy in the face of adversity"These workshops are designed to help participants prepare for the spring Arts & Lectures event A Common Story: Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity. All workshops will be held in the 5th floor University Library Reading Room.

Limited Seating: RSVP.

Introduction to Storytelling
Wednesday, September 26, from 12pm-1pm

Storytelling Workshop #1
Tuesday, October 2, from 12pm-1pm

Storytelling Workshop #2*
Wednesday, November 14, from 6:30pm-7:30pm 

(*Note: Storytelling Workshop #2 will have the same content as #1. We decided to hold the same workshop on different dates/times to get more interested attendees.) 


From Forgiveness to Peace & Restorative Justice
A strong thematic connection to our Book of Joy common read, join the Office of Inclusive Excellence and CLIMB in welcoming Azim Khamisa for one night only.

Thursday, September 27, from 6:00pm-8:00pm


Mindfulness Sits
Please join your fellow students, faculty, and staff for a quiet moment of stress relieving mindfulness sits beginning Tuesday, August 28th until Thursday, December 13th. No registration needed; everyone is welcome!

Tuesdays, 12pm-12:50pm in KEL 2110 (Academic Success Center)
Wednesdays, 12pm-12:50pm in MARK 421
Thursdays, 5pm-6pm in SBSB 4123



A Common Story: Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity
Please join us for an evening of storytelling and performance. Sponsored by the University Library and the Office of Undergraduate Studies, A Common Story: Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity is a monologue performance showcase featuring stories told by CSUSM students, faculty, and staff. A Common Story is presented in partnership with the San Diego literary and performing arts non-profit organization The Narrators.

Tuesday, March 12, from 6pm-9pm (in the USU Ballroom)
Tickets available soon via CSUSM Arts & Lecturers Series
Free to students, faculty, staff, and the public!
Visitor parking information here.

Start Reading Now

The Book of Joy ‚Äčis available to all CSUSM students, staff, and faculty:

Check Out a Reserve Copy Borrow a copy for 2 hours or 1 week. Pick up from the 3rd floor Check Out Desk.