This SU-only presentation for students, faculty, staff, and alumni features a reading, interview, and question-and-answer with Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author of this year's Common Text. Limit of three tickets per person; you must register for your free ticket at seattleursula.brownpapertickets.com.
This event is presented by the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Science and Engineering, the Learning Communities Program, the University Core, the English Department and its Creative Writing Program, the Pigott-McCone Chair, and the Philosophy Department.
All new undergraduate students will receive a copy of the Common Text at orientation. You are invited to participate in this shared reading experience through New Student Convocation, in-class discussions of the book, and beyond-the-classroom programs that will challenge and engage you.
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
The themes of this 1971 novel, which was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, are as relevant today as they were when Le Guin wrote this short tale of dreams and nightmares, imagination and reality, intentions and consequences, old and new worlds.
The novel narrates the journey of one man, George Orr, through various realities, all of them seemingly produced by his dreams. Each reality finds George in Portland, Oregon, but the geography changes, along with the political and cultural situation, often dramatically, each time George has what Le Guin calls an “effective dream.” George is presented to us as an entirely ordinary man—he ranks smack-dab in the middle of all intelligence and personality tests—but, of course, his appears to be an extraordinary ability: to change the shape of reality through his dreaming. George’s dreams alter reality so completely that they create a different continuum of history and erase the present reality for everyone except him.
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