The Common Read is provided to all incoming students to provide a shared intellectual experience through exploration and discussion. This year’s Common Read is Kevin Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, which breaks down the myth of “creative genius,” demonstrating the ways in which creating is an ordinary act, one that, over time, can lead to extraordinary outcomes. A mixture of “how to,” history, and call to action, How to Fly a Horse chronicles the stories of famous and not-so-famous creators, demonstrating the shared humanity of invention and discovery.
In addition to small group discussions of the book during this year’s Academic Orientation, many of sections of the First-Year Seminar and English 1103 will be incorporating the book into discussions throughout the semester. Kevin Ashton will also be on campus on September 11, speaking with Dr. Qubein and first-year students.
How to Fly a Horse is one element of our 2017 – 2018 Common Experience “Creation, Connection, and Community.” The Common Experience engages the campus community in a yearlong exploration of a topic or issue that requires interdisciplinary thought and collaborative action. Over the 2017 – 2018 academic year, faculty, staff, and students from every discipline on campus will reflect on the ways in which creation inspires not only art and invention, but also the bonds of connection between individuals. Our events and resources page provides supplemental links, videos, and articles related to How Fly a Horse.