Born to Run
The Common Read for the 2017-18 academic year is Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. This nonfiction work examines the lives of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico who have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In discovering their secrets, the author takes readers from science labs at Harvard to ultra-road races across America where runners are pushing their bodies to the limit. A climactic race in Mexico pits some of America's best-known ultra-runners against the Tarahumara tribe, and the winner will surprise. The book will engage the mind and body when readers discover that we all, indeed, were born to run.
Trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, "Art of the Hero." Born to Run is currently in development as a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey. Mr. McDougall will be on campus on March 19, 2018 for two presentations, and he will also lead students (and others) on a 'fun run' in Myers Park.
Why Have a Common Read Initiative?
This program is one way for Queens to engage our campus community in a shared intellectual experience, inspiring curiosity and conversation. As places of learning, universities are uniquely positioned to provide everyone-faculty, students, and staff-with an opportunity to engage with meaningful texts of our time and provide a space for intellectual discourse. A Common Read can provide a shared language and shared experiences across classes, departments, offices, and other "pockets" of how we live and work on campus.