The Deep Read


The Deep Read is a 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.

There There, by Tommy Orange

The Humanities Institute’s 2021 Deep Read Program will dig into Tommy Orange’s novel There There. Centering on an urban Native American experience in Oakland, CA, the novel was hailed by last year’s Deep Read author, Margaret Atwood, as “an astonishing literary debut.”


The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood

The Deep Read book for 2020 was Margaret Atwood’s latest Booker Prize-winning novel, The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale. The program, which ran parallel with a class and events on campus, shared insights from Literature, Feminist Studies, Engineering and Anthropology.

Margaret Atwood joined the UC Santa Cruz community for a live, virtual event on Tuesday September 22, 2020.

The virtual Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture featured Atwood in conversation with UC Santa Cruz alumna, and New York Times bestselling author, Kate Schatz (Stevenson ‘01, Creative Writing). William “Bro” Adams (Ph.D. History of Consciousness ’82), Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2014 to 2017, was the event MC.

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