Case Western Reserve University’s class of 2014 will read Elizabeth Royce’s Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It before the students’ first year begins this fall. The assignment is part of Case Western’s 8-year-old Common Reading Program, which unites new students with the shared reading of one book.
Ultimately, Bottlemania makes a case for protecting public water supplies, for improving our water infrastructure and better allocating the precious drinkable water that remains.”
—Bottlemania Selected for 2010 Common Reading Program, Jackie Fitch, CWRU
Bottlemania and its themes will serve as the basis for campus events and interdisciplinary discussions about the commercialization of water in America and the environmental, social, and economic effects of the bottled water trend. One of those events is an author visit; Elizabeth Royce will give the keynote address at the university’s fall convocation in August.
Case Western will hold an essay contest based on the common reading. All new students will be eligible to enter a response to a selection of topical writing prompts.
For more on the issues addressed in her book, visit Elizabeth Royte’s blog: Notes on waste, water, whatever
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier was one of the Common Reading Selection Committee’s finalists for 2010. The committee, comprised of 18 members of the university faculty and staff as well as 10 students, recommends that book to the campus.
Bottlemania • Bloomsbury • 272 pages