Penn State Brandywine has chosen "What Should We Be Worried About?" as its campus Common Read for the 2014-15 academic year. During the upcoming fall and spring semesters, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read the book and come together for several events based on the book's philosophies and themes. Several professors from various academic disciplines will also assign the book in their classes, using it as part of their course curriculum.
"What Should We Be Worried About?," edited by John Brockman, is a collection of short essays revealing the planet's most hidden threats. The essays are written by some of the world's most influential scientists who were asked to disclose unknown situations that worry them. The result was a book that changes the way people view biology, economics, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, psychology, war, technology and much more.
The campus Common Read was created to provide an opportunity for the entire Brandywine community to participate in knowledgeable conversation about a shared text, allowing the campus to develop a dialogue focused on one central idea or question. This supports Brandywine's goals of developing a common experience among its students, promoting a strong overall campus culture and supporting communication, collaboration and creativity across campus.
This book is available for purchase in the Penn State Brandywine bookstore.