The One Book/One College Program is pleased to announce the 2020-21 common reading selection: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt. The book explores the question of how to live a happier, more fulfilling life using the lenses of psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, ethics, and morality. Truly a multidisciplinary study, The Happiness Hypothesis offers something for everyone, so we hope you will join us as we explore this book!
The One Book/One College program is also part of the First Year Experience program at CSN. For those interested in the First Year Experience Connection Award (FYE,) see the events page below for events that will fulfill the requirements.
The One Book/One College program at CSN strives to foster a sense of community, creativity, and conversation through the mutual study of a common reading. Our goal is to unite students, faculty, and staff from all CSN campuses in the contemplation of the selected reading. The committee is comprised of faculty from the library, as well as from the English, philosophy, communication, history, environmental, and biological sciences departments. We are also part of the First-Year Experience program, seeking to engage new students with relevant and accessible books.
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom is an accessible and multidisciplinary journey into the topic of happiness. Haidt blends ideas from neuroscience, psychology, ethics, religion, and philosophy to explore ideas of happiness and practical ways to increase happiness in one's life.
OBOC Hikes in the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon
Due to Covid-19 restrictions on social gatherings, we will hold virtual "hikes" the first Saturday of each month until we can safely resume physical hikes. Faculty and students will hike or even take a walk around their neighborhoods, post pictures to a shared photo album, and meet on Zoom to share their experiences. It's a great way to connect with faculty and other students and to remember that you are part of a community.
Zoom sessions will take place on the following days/time:
Saturday, September 12: 3:00-3:30 PM
Saturday, October 3: 3:00-3:30 PM
Saturday, November 7: 3:00-3:30 PM
Saturday, December 5: 3:00-3:30 PM
To obtain the link for the photo album and Zoom sessions, email: Contact Us
Online Discussions Featuring Topics from the Book
Due to Covid-19 restrictions on social gatherings, we will be holding discussions online instead of in person. These discussions will allow faculty and students to connect and discuss issues related to the book as they work together to interpret and apply the information to their lives. Discussions will take place in October and November. Dates and details to be posted soon!
Our goal is to promote literacy and cross-disciplinary discussions, and we invite you to become involved as much or as little as you like. Some ways to get involved:
- Teach some or all of the book in your classroom. Our committee provides resources to help you, including a library guide with research links and topics related to the book as well as teaching lessons and plans. You can teach the book as part of a semester-long project or as a one-day discussion. See our current guide for The Happiness Hypothesis here : http://libguides.csn.edu/oboc
- Encourage your students to attend the events. We have lectures, film screenings, hikes, and festivals, which can all be enjoyed even if participants haven't read the book.
- Suggest your own event! Maybe you don't have the time to teach the book in your course, but you have an idea that somehow links to the concepts in the book. The 2020-21 selection is Jonathan Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, which relates to concepts about happiness and well-being as well as psychology, sociology, neuroscience, ethics, and philosophy. We’ll help to promote your event.
- Be creative. With all of us working together, we have an excellent opportunity to promote conversation, community, and engagement with our students. If you have an idea, please share it with us.
- Join our committee. Our committee currently consists of librarians, CSN staff and administration, and professors in English, communication, world languages, philosophy, and biology.
- Questions, comments, ideas? Email us! Contact Us
- Library Guide: http://libguides.csn.edu/HOMS
- Library Guide: http://libguides.csn.edu/hela
Library Guide: https://libguides.csn.edu/dreamland
- Library Guide: https://libguides.csn.edu/understood
Picture of Holly Schwartz
The committee chose Holly's design as the official logo of the One Book/One College program. Holly will graduate in May 2018 with her AAS degree in graphic communications. For more information about Holly, email her Contact Us
Picture of Holly Schwartz
Holly: "I am honored to have been given the opportunity to give back to our college and design a logo for a program that I have truly enjoyed watching unite our CSN community . . . My design goal and philosophy is to give back to my local community in any way that I can . . . I want to be able to shine a light on my community with everything that I do in life."
Picture of Sabrea Lawrence
Sabrea is a Las Vegas graphic designer. For more information, email her Contact Us or call 702-752-1272
Picture of Therese Bautista
Therese is a graphic designer based in Henderson, Nevada. She originally wanted to major in art, but design
opened her eyes to view things past their aesthetic pleasure and see how they carry out their functions in their entirety. In combining art and design, she hopes she can properly convey messages that can positively impact society. (702) 461 5902
- "Story of Henrietta Lacks Used for Cross-Discipline Teaching at CSN" by Natalie Bruzda https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/story-of-henrietta-lacks-us...
"Campus-Wide Book Program Creates Conversation and Community" by Valeriya Bondarenko
- "Campus Book Club Looks at Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Brianna Fayerverger https://coyotestudentnews.com/2017/11/02/campus-book-club-looks-at-life-of-henrietta-lacks/
The One Book/One College (OBOC) committee wishes to send a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who has helped to make this program a possibility. We wouldn't be here without you. Thank you to CAPE, web services, the publicity and events teams, hike leaders, and all administration and faculty who have participated. Thank you also to the students who continue to engage with this material and to add their voices to the conversation.
One Book/One College (OBOC) committee
Specials thanks to those who have put in extra time and effort to help us:
Finally, thank you to Laura McBride and her GiVe group who have graciously supported the program: