The Big Read
2015 Big Read
A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
By: Matt Richtel
About the book:
In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Matt Richtel, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who took the lives of two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.
Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?
Any student citing moral, religious or cultural objections to the current Big Read choice will be able to choose an alternative Big Read to be announced at a later date.
BIG READ Program’s Mission, Purpose and Goals
The mission of the BIG READ program is to unite incoming CCU freshmen in an enjoyable shared learning experience prior to beginning their academic course work.
The program’s purpose is to create a singular introductory learning forum among our students, across various disciplines, and to facilitate creative and critical thinking from the moment they step foot on campus.
The goals of this program are to engage students in a singular academic task, encourage the critical thought process, explore themes and ideas relevant to student life, and challenge students to develop and explore multiple perspectives.
BIG READ Committee’s Charge
The charge of the BIG READ Committee is to evaluate and select materials each academic year that fulfill the goals of the summer reading program. Members of the committee participate on a volunteer basis and include faculty, staff and students. The committee reviews all materials solicited across campus and makes its selections based on a set list of criteria.