DALLAS (SMU) – The two students behind the selection of this year’s SMU Common Reading were intrigued by the prospect of a campus-wide conversation about ethics and money.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis, addresses the questions of who knew about the oncoming financial disaster of 2008, and why they were unable, or unwilling, to stop it.
Prithvi Rudrappa and Bailie Reed, sophomore student members of the SMU Common Reading Committee, nominated the book.
“The Big Short is a timely selection, especially in light of the recent financial crisis,” said Rudrappa, who noted that the book would appeal to potential business students.
“Any time ethics and money are brought together, a good discussion will follow,” Reed said.
Reading and discussing the book is the first college assignment for the entering class, whose members will participate in group discussions Aug. 19 (the day before classes begin) led by SMU faculty, staff and student leaders. Students can continue the conversation by joining SMU’s Common Reading group on Facebook.
Aug. 8: Expert Insight
Michael Davis, an acclaimed economist with SMU’s Cox School of Business, will offer expert insight and lead a group discussion about The Big Short on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at a Godbey Lecture Series event sponsored by SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences. The lecture and lunch, to start at 11 a.m. at Maggiano’s of North Park Center, will cost $45 for GLS members, $65 for others.
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