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2016-2017 Common Book: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

The Sixth Annual Open Books – Open Minds Conference

2017 Conference Program
Conference Poster

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Panels, posters, and roundtables: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Adams Library
Lunch and Keynote Lecture: 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Student Union Ballroom

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is now open!
Click here to register.


Keynote lecture, “From the Shallows to Depth — Virtual Reality in the Age of Telepresence,” by Adam Blumenthal, Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Brown University
and co-founder of Curious Sense

This year OBOM is partnering with the Center for Research and Creative Activity (CRCA, so that the Student Conference will coincide with presentations of student projects at the College-Wide Poster Session in Adams Library. OBOM Student Conference panels, on topics of inquiry inspired by The Shallows, will also be held in the library. Lunch and the keynote address will take place in the Student Union Ballroom.

Click here for more about the Student Conference

Adobe PDF Call for Papers

Adobe PDF Ideas for Teaching and Research

RIC LibGuide for The Shallows

Adobe PDF The Shallows Reading Guide

Nicholas Carr’s website

Campus News articles: 

Are We Being Controlled By Technology?

OBOM Roundtable to Discuss The Shallows

OBOM Common Books Takes a Look at Mind-Altering Technology

Click here to view upcoming events inspired by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows

Thank you to all who voted!

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce that the
2017-2018 Common Book is:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Coates shares with his son--and readers--the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

The Fifth Annual Open Books – Open Minds Conference, inspired by Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have copies of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, previous years’ book selections, and the three books under consideration for 2017-2018. The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on our top three. Please follow this link to cast your vote by March 15, 2018: ​​

Page last updated: April 18, 2017