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UCSB Reads 2019: Faculty & Courses

Book Selection Announcement to Faculty

October 15, 2018

To: Faculty

Fr: Alex Regan, Events & Exhibitions Librarian

Re: Faculty invited to participate in UCSB Reads 2019

Dear Faculty,

Hopefully by now you have heard the announcement of the UCSB Reads 2019 book selection: The Best We Could Do, a critically acclaimed illustrated memoir by cartoonist and author Thi Bui. In it, Bui documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives in America.

UCSB Library invites faculty from across the disciplines to incorporate the book into your winter or spring courses. The Best We Could Do lends itself to teaching and programming around multiple topics, such as struggles of identity, Asian Americans, family relations, parenthood, violence, mental health, refugees, displacement, memoir, the graphic novel, and the legacy of the Vietnam War. The Library will provide free copies of the book to students enrolled in courses that assign all or part of the book.

The Library will also be sponsoring faculty talks, book discussions, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, and other programs on campus and in the community from January through April 2019. Thi Bui will deliver a free public lecture in Campbell Hall on April 25, 2019. As dates are confirmed, event details will be added here. Please encourage your students to participate in UCSB Reads 2019.

If you wish to teach the book, organize or participate in programming, support UCSB Reads 2019, or if you have any questions, please contact me:

Alex Regan, Events and Exhibitions Librarian
Phone: 805-893-3605

Thank you.

Course Integration

The following classes are reading The Best We Could Do as part of their coursework:

Winter 2019

AS AM 1; Intro to Asian American History (Lisa Sun-Hee Park)

AS AM 144; Asian American Visual Culture (Thuy Tran)

AS AM 4; Pop Culture (Sameer Pandya)

AS AM 122; Asian American Fiction/Graphic Novels (Eleanor Ty)

AS AM 130; Colonialism & Migration (John Park)

COMM 137; Global Communication, International Relations, & the Media (Michael Stohl)

CS10 & WRIT2; Writing & Literature (Kara Mae Brown)

ED 173; Introduction to the Research University (Don Lubach)

ENGL 165GN; Comics & Graphic Narrative) (Candace Waid & Maite Urcaregui)

ENGL 10; Introduction to Literary Study (Brian Donnelly)

HAA 134J; Understanding Manga and World Graphica (Miriam Wattles)

HIST 144B (Social and Cultural History of the US-Mexico Border) (Miroslava Chavez-Garcia)

HIST Graduate course on Public History Methodologies (Ann Plane)

LING 12; Approaches to University Writing for Multilingual Students) (Andreea Nicolaescu)

WRIT 2 & 109F; Academic Writing, Writing About Film (Christian Thomas)

WRIT 2; Academic Writing (Christopher Dean)

WRIT 2; ACE (Kathy Patterson)

WRIT 1 (Brian Ernst)

WRIT 1 (Rebecca Chenoweth)

WRIT105CCreative Nonfiction ( Ljiljana Coklin)

Spring 2019

ART 7A Art & Life (Kip Fulbeck)

ARTHI 186Q. Seminar in Islamic Art and Architecture (Nuha Khoury)

CCS W&L 143; Writing & Illustrating Graphic Novels (Caroline Allen)

ENGL 140; Contemporary American Fiction (Melody Jue)

ENGL 147VN; Visual Narrative (Jeremy Douglass)

ENGL 197; Reading Santa Barbara (Abigail Droge)

HIST 224A/224B; Seminar in Race, Gender, and Inequality (Miroslava Chavez-Garcia)

LING 12; Approaches to University Writing for Multilingual Students (Andreea Nicolaescu)

LING 12; Approaches to University Writing for Multilingual Students - 2 sections (John Robertson)

WRIT 2; Academic Writing (Christopher Dean)

WRIT 2 & 109F; Academic Writing, Writing About Film (Christian Thomas)

WRIT 2; ACE (Ilene Miele)

WRIT 105C; Creative Nonfiction (Ilene Miele)


Can you incorporate The Best We Could Do into your winter or spring quarter courses in any way? The Library has free advance copies of the book to distribute to faculty members who are considering participating in UCSB Reads. To request a copy, please contact:

Alex Regan, Events & Exhibitions Librarian
Phone: 805-893-3605

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