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2016 Common Literature Experience

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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now is an engaging exploration of the history and impact of innovation through the centuries. Remarkable and informative, the book details the often surprising history of how ubiquitous objects of everyday modern life came into existence, often by happy accident. With a focus on multi-disciplinary synthesis, Johnsons dynamic style of authorship invites the reader to join him on a mind-bending exploration of our life as we know it. In line with the stated outcomes of USU’s first-year experience program, this title highlights engaging issues that explore themes of genius, perseverance, adversity, and achievement.


Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum - Utah State University Logan Campus
Broadcast simultaneously at
Speaker: Steven Johnson
Free and open to the public.

Literature Assignment

If you are a student in the 2016 University Connections class, the literature assignment can be found here.

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