Garbology (Common Reading book) desk copies available to faculty

If you teach introductory courses in any subject, you might want to consider weaving in topics from this year’s Common Reading book—Garbology, by Pulitzer Price-winning Edward Humes!

Garbology by Edward HumesDesk copies are available from Common Reading co-director Karen Weathermon. Write to her at

The book explores trash and its impact on the environment, and our consumption-driver society.

Says WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Bernardo, “Throughout the book, the author provides specific accounts with direct application to topics germane to introductory courses in sociology, psychology, fine arts, economics, agriculture, environmental science, international business, engineering, political science, and history.” And more.

“I urge colleges and departments to think about activities, lectures, forums, and opportunities to engage their freshman students with the Common Reading book!”

The university’s chief academic officer selected Garbology in March from four books submitted to him by the Common Reading Selection Committee.

Read his letter about Garbology at

MEDIA: Karen Weathermon and Susan Poch, co-directors of the Common Reading Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Beverly Makhani, Communications Director, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,