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UCSB Reads 2024

Why Teach the UCSB Reads Book?

The UCSB Reads program provides faculty and their students the opportunity to participate in a campus and community wide conversation about important issues raised in the selected book. UCSB Reads is a program of UCSB Library, and the Library will provide free copies of the book to all students in courses that incorporate the book. For more information, please write us at

Topics related to the book will be explored in a variety of winter and spring quarter events on campus and in the wider Santa Barbara community.  Faculty can have their students engage with these events in a variety of ways including:

  • Designing a creative project around the UCSB Reads book
  • Giving credit to students who attend UCSB Reads programming 
  • Working with UCSB Library to design programming inside the classroom
  • Asking students to develop questions for speakers and panelists
  • Having the UCSB Reads author visit a course during their spring quarter campus visit

See below for a video in which faculty from a variety of disciplines discuss their experience incorporating the UCSB Reads book.

Hear from Faculty About Their Experience Teaching the UCSB Reads Book

Hear from UCSB faculty across the disciplines who have successfully incorporated the UCSB Reads book into a course and learn how the UCSB Reads program can support your instruction.

Panelists include Tim Dewar (Gervirtz Graduate School of Education), Brian Donnelly (English), Kathy Foltz (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology), Behrooz Parhami (Electrical & Computer Engineering), and Kathy Patterson (Writing Program). Moderated by Elina Salminen (CITRAL).


Get Copies for Your Class


If you have decided to incorporate Your Brain on Art into a 2024 winter or spring class, please email with the course title, quarter, expected enrollment, and total number of copies needed.

Copies of the Book


Faculty who are considering incorporating the book into a winter or spring course can have a copy mailed to their preferred address by writing

Free Book Giveaway for UCSB Students: Students can receive a free copy of the book On Thursday, January 18th from noon while supplies last. Starting at 10 AM, the University Librarian, Chancellor, and Executive Vice Chancellor will be handing out books during the UCSB Reads Book Giveaway inside UCSB"s Library's Paseo.

For all other questions, please email

Winter Quarter 2024 Courses Reading the UCSB Reads 2024 Book

150L Psych - Lab in Social Psychology (David Sherman)

12 Linguistics (Amy Small) 

Art 1A Visual Literacy (Helen Tascian)

Art 133M Memory: Interdisciplinary Exploration (Kim Yasuda)

BIOL CS 101, Physiology of Stress, section 2. (Claudia Tyler)

INT 86HI - FRST YR EXP SEMINAR - “Your Brain on Art - A UCSB Reads Experience" (Michelle Grue)

Ling 3C (Ingrid Bowman)

W&L CS 149: Multi-genre Workshop - The Literary Arts of Science. (Kara Mae Brown)

Writing 2 ACE (Chris Dean)

Writing 2 (Kenny Smith)




Spring Quarter 2024 Courses Reading UCSB Reads 2024 Book

Art1A (Helen Taschian)

BIO CS 25 Walking Biology (Claudia Tyler)

BIO CS 30 Introductory Biology, Physiology and Ecology (Claudia Tyler)

CHIN/CLIT 82: Modern Chinese Literature; (Xu Hangping)

CHIN 176: Chinese Cinema: Nationalism and Globalism (Xu Hangping)

ED 266: Special Topics in Education (Tory Harvey)

ED 371: Professional Issues in Education (Tory Harvey)

Global 148: Caribbean Women Writers and Migratory Subjects (Nadège T. Clitandre,)

INT 89X Arts and Culture Discovery Seminar KY (Kim Yasuda)

MAT 80AS - Mediated Worlds, Arts & Sciences (Diarmid Flatley)

Spanish 189 - Latin American Avant-Garde Poetry & Other Artistic Expressions (Myriam Gonzales-Smith)

Writing 109HP (John Schranck)