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Ripon College Reading Experience

Mission Statement

The Ripon College Reading Experience seeks not just to facilitate college-level reading and thinking, but to create a shared experience between students with diverse backgrounds, to foster extracurricular learning, and to provide opportunities for common discussion and to cultivate relationships.

SocialnomicsThe class of 2018’s RCRE book will be Socialnomics by Erik Qualman.

Socialnomics provides an in-depth look at the role of social media in the world today. The book examines the impact that social media has on businesses and the economy, but it also explores the role that each of us plays as consumers of, and contributors to, this domain. Qualman discusses the successes and failures of well-known companies like ESPN, JetBlue, Hasbro, TripAdvisor, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy to name a few. He also talks about best practices for personal and corporate use of many popular sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. Many great resources are available on his website:

RCRE will be hosting a Golden Hour on Tuesday, December 2 at 11:15am. The speaker will be Paul Brown ( More information will come on this event soon.

List of Past Reading Experience Books

Past RCRE Books

2013-2014The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2012-2013 Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

2011-2012 - This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women - Edited by Jay Allison & Dan Gediman Link to Ripon College’s This I Believe Essays

2010-2011 - The Working Poor: Invisible in America – by David K. Shipler

2009-2010 - Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

2008-2009The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power by Travis Hugh Culley

2007-2008Feed – by M.T. Anderson

2006-2007Bringing Down The House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions – by Ben Mezrich

2005-2006Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – by Mary Roach