2018-2019 Common Read Events

This year's campus common read is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. The book is on Reserve at the 3rd floor Checkout Desk.

Events for the Common Read span over the Fall and Spring semesters.

There will be a series of workshops held in the University Library Reading Room and lead by our very own Dr. Mary Robertson (Assistant Professor of Sociology) during the Fall 2018 semester. The workshops 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.

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. 


The Book of Joy book discussion
Partnering with the CSUSM Cross Cultural Center, there will be an open book discussion during U-Hour in the 5th floor Library Reading Room

Wednesday, November 15, from 12pm-1pm


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.


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