Welcome to The Deep Read, a program brought to you 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 read books from a wide range of genres, exploring their implications on our politics, inner lives, and communities.
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Yaa Gyasi’s The Transcendent Kingdom
We’re excited to announce the return of the UC Santa Cruz Deep Read program. Following our explorations of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments and Tommy Orange’s There There, our next book will be Yaa Gyasi’s The Transcendent Kingdom, the story of a first-generation PhD student of Neuroscience and her search for the source of human addiction. The novel explores personal loss, the benefits and costs of cultural assimilation for immigrants to the United States, and the contrast between religious faith and scientific inquiry.
As always, The Deep Read will connect the campus, alumni, and broader community with UC Santa Cruz scholars to read deeply together. The program launches in Spring 2022. Full program details and the opportunity to get a free book will be announced in January 2022. Sign up at the form above for updates. And stay attuned!
A Humanities Institute Initiative
For over 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 is our newest 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.