Welcome to The Deep Read, a new program by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz that invites curious minds to think deeply about literature, art, and the most pressing issues of our day. We’ll read books from a wide range of genres, exploring their implications on our politics, inner lives, and communities.
Join us as we launch this initiative with an in-depth experience of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments—we’ll share new approaches to guide your reading. All you need to do is commit to read, question, and get inspired.
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* Students, sign up now and get a FREE copy of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. The first 1,000 students to sign up can pick up the first Deep Read book on campus.
We’ll be mailing copies to the first 200 Deep Readers across the USA who sign up, too.[All non-student copies have been claimed! Registered UCSC students can still claim a free book by signing up here.] Signing up for The Deep Read or for a free copy of the book does not constitute admission to the Atwood event on April 5 (See below for Atwood Ticket info).
The Deep Read book for 2020 is Margaret Atwood’s latest Booker Prize-winning novel, The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale. With The Handmaid’s Tale now a critically acclaimed television series set to enter its fourth season, Atwood’s prescient prose depicting a dystopian future is more relevant than ever.
Sign up for email updates that will help deepen your reading experience. The program, which runs parallel with a class and events on campus, will bring insights from Literature, Feminist Studies, Engineering and Anthropology to bear on Atwood’s work. Informed by some of UC Santa Cruz’ brightest minds, The Deep Read will expand our understanding of The Testaments and model deep reading practices that will stimulate minds and foster intellectual engagement.
Margaret Atwood at UC Santa Cruz
The program will culminate with Margaret Atwood’s visit to the UC Santa Cruz campus on April 5, 2020 where she’ll be in conversation with author Kate Schatz (Stevenson ‘03, Creative Writing), the New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z.
Atwood’s other novels include the Giller and Booker Prize-shortlisted Oryx and Crake, as well as Alias Grace, The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, and Booker winner The Blind Assassin.
We’ll connect Atwood’s event to the new Deep Read community on campus and off with weeks of digital programming preceding her visit, along with a new course focusing on her work, salons in LA and NYC, and a salon featuring three UC Santa Cruz scholars discussing the novel through the lens of feminist studies, engineering, and anthropology.
Admission is $30.
Free tickets are available for the first 1,000 UCSC students who “Get Tickets” by clicking the button below and visit the event ticketing page.
Quarry Amphitheater, UC Santa Cruz
Sunday April 5 at 5pm
The Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture & Alumni Weekend Keynote
Salon Series—Santa Cruz, NYC, LA
We’ll be hosting Salons focusing on Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments in Santa Cruz, LA and NYC. Salons will be opportunities to discuss the book with an UCSC expert (or 3!) and your fellow community members. The Deep Read is all about bringing the scholarship here on campus to a broad audience, so we hope you’ll go deep with us if you’re in one of these cities.
The Santa Cruz Salon at the UCSC Hay Barn on March 10 will feature a conversation with three UCSC professors, each exploring The Testaments from a different angle.
- David Draper, Statistics, Director of the College Scholars Program
- Marcia Ochoa, Feminist Studies
- Andrew S. Mathews, Anthropology
- Moderator: Laura Martin, Literature
The Los Angeles and New York City Salons will meet in March for food, discussion, and a guest lecture at the home of a UC Santa Cruz Alum. Please sign up above and include your zip code so we can follow up with more details.
In Winter Quarter 2020, a Porter College course, offered in conjunction with the College Scholars Program, is exploring The Testaments and other works by Atwood. Students will attend the Santa Cruz Salon as part of their quarter-long engagement with Atwood’s work. Taught by UC Santa Cruz Literature Lecturer, Laura Martin, the course will inform the curriculum for the Deep Read community. Material developed for the course will be shared via community emails and online.
A Humanities Institute Initiative
For 20 years, The Humanities Institute has fostered a vibrant community at the center of UC Santa Cruz and at the cutting edge of Humanities research, education, and public engagement. This work is essential in the face of ever-changing and tumultuous times. And the Deep Read will be a new platform for intellectual engagement, classes on campus, and major events with top writers and thinkers. We aim to foster thinking deeply across all mediums, driven by conversation and timely engagement with art, culture, politics and scholars here at UC Santa Cruz who see the forest and the trees every day.
The Humanities Institute is committed to providing access to the Deep Read book, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, and to the content of our program. Registered students who need disability-related accommodations to facilitate their full participation should send an email to email@example.com and we’ll be in touch with some solutions.
Deep Read Partners
UC Santa Cruz Campus
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