SBCC Reads 2013 – Moonwalking with Einstein

About this guide: In collaboration with UCSB Reads 2013, Santa Barbara City College’s Luria Library will be hosting a number of events and activities to explore the issues raised as we read Moonwalking with Einstein together. This guide provides information about the book, local events, and ways you can get involved. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

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Purposes of SBCC Reads 2013 are to:

  • Explore interdisciplinary issues sparked by the selected book through conversations, readings, displays, and other activities. Free copies of the book will distributed to interested students; faculty members are encouraged to use the book in class curricula.
  • Generate informed discussion of key issues by promoting the reading and discussion of books on the broad themes in the book.
  • Focus on academic disciplines at SBCC which provide us with a broader understanding of the issues raised in the book.
  • Create further campus appreciation of the library and the role it plays in education and research.
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas with members of U.C. Santa Barbara, Westmont College, and Santa Barbara community members.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer


In this 2011 title, Joshua Foer recounts his “yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.” He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author’s own mind, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.” [from the author]

Read and watch more about the book and the author:

Watch Joshua Foer’s TEDTalk.

The Luria Library will distribute free copies of the book to students February 4th and we are hoping that when students finish reading the book, they will redistribute their copy to another reader! There will be a collection basket in the library for this purpose.

SBCC Reads 2013 Activities: planning still in progress!

  • February 4th: The Luria Library distributed free copies of the book to interested students.
  • Book club, with student-led discussions.
  • February 11 Psychology Club meeting: Screening of Joshua Foer TEDTalk
  • February 20 and 21 MEMORY CONTEST Boot Camp (Sponsored by NeuroClub and Psychology Club)–Get ready for the contest!
  • March 11 MEMORY CONTEST! Sponsored by NeuroClub and Psychology Club
  • Brain Awareness Week: March 11-17 “Teach In”: demonstrations by SBCC Neuroscience Club members on the science behind the issues in the book
  • March 13th: Panel discussion in the library 3-5 p.m. with Matt Lorenzen, Heather Rose, and other experts
  • Service learning opportunity: to be determined

Service Learning and Community Service: TBD

    Community Events:

    • The author, Joshua Foer, will speak at UCSB on Monday, March 4th. This free lecture will be held at 8pm in Campbell Hall.
    • Check the UCSB Reads 2013 Events Page for a complete schedule of events for the UCSB Reads program.
    • Check for activities and community conversations sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library on their events page.

    Reading List
    Check out a few of the related books in the Luria Library collection:


    Study for a memory contest: