I see [respect] not only as an expression of circumstance, history, temperament, and culture, rooted in rituals and habits, but also arising from efforts to break with routines and imagine other ways of giving and receiving trust, and in so doing, creating relationships among equals. — Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Common Book Event

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Each year UW students and the broader community participate in a Common Book event at which the author or subject of that year’s book bring the subject to life in a new way.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot: Exploring Respect

What is respect? Students, faculty, staff and community members explored respect with 2012 UW Common Book author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on November 5, 2012.  Video of the event from UWTV is coming soon.





Past Common Book events on UWTV:

Previous events include MacArthur Award winner and Global Health guru Paul Farmer taking questions from Freshman Interest Group students; National Poetry Slam-winning poet Ken Arkind sharing a stage with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine; journalist Elizabeth Kolbert giving environmental insights; master story-teller Luis Alberto Urrea telling heart-wrenching stories about the border; and MacArthur Award-winning mathematician Persi Diaconis using magic to debunk popular myths. Common Book events give the audience a new way to connect to the book, inspire conversation, and bring national figures to the UW community.

Elizabeth KolbertJournalist Elizabeth Kolbert. Photo by Mary Levin.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip LevinePulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine. Photo by Mary Levin.

Ken ArkindNational Poetry Slam Champion Ken Arkind. Photo by Mary Levin.

Persi DiaconisMathematician, magician, and MacArthur Awardee Persi Diaconis. Photo by Mary Levin.