Making “Omnivore’s Dilemma” required reading doesn’t fly at agriculture college
Strike up the banned: Washington State University picked "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" as this year’s “common reading” selection for all incoming freshmen, just as UC Berkeley has for next year's — and then dropped it, citing budget constraints. Oddly, the university had already purchased more than 4,000 copies of the book. Some on campus say that the university, which has a prominent agriculture college, bowed to pressure from agribusiness interests. (Chronicle of Higher Education; subscription required) Update: A WSU prof shares the behind-the-scenes skinny in Grist's comments section.
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