What Is "One Book, One Campus"?

The Emperor of All Maladies Resource Center is an on-line resource for the 2013-2014

"One Book, One Campus" Project, a multi-disciplinary celebration of the Siddhartha

Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of


The Emperor of All Maladies details the evolution of cancer diagnosis and treatment, from its

first documented appearances in ancient Egypt 5000 years ago to the latest developments

in targeted therapy.  Science writer and physician Mukherjee writes about the subject of

cancer from the passionate and humane perspective of an historian, cellular biologist, and

biographer, creating and uncharacteristically eloquent chronicle of a disease that is part and

parcel of the travails of human history.  The result is "a story of human ingenuity, resilience,

and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts

centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths . . . . The book reads like a literary

thriller with cancer as the protagonist" (Simon and Schuster).

Starting in fall 2013, Grossmont College with participate with other San Diego County

colleges, universities, and other education-based institutions to host a campus-wide,

interdisciplinary celebration offering a diverse intramural perspective from a wide range of

departments, including but not limited to History, Health, Humanities, English, Science,

Political Science, Communication, Graphic Arts and Dramatic Arts.  

As with last year's "One Book, One Campus" celebration, the 2013-2014 Emperor of All

Maladies Project will be an event-based and curricular experience, free of charge and open

to the public.  The "One Book, One Campus" concept promotes the sharing of instructional

resources and learning strategies to unite regional campuses and their students in an

intellectual dialogue about a single book with widespread, crossover appeal.  The 2011

"One Book, One Campus" featured book by award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot

was The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, chronicling one of the most important medical

discoveries in history and exploring how the unsung heroes behind the HeLa cell helped to

forge our modern code of medical ethics.  In 2012-2013, "One Book, One Campus"

celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book Silent Spring,

You can still access the websites for these former projects and their many useful resources

by visiting the "Links" section of this site.

If you would like to learn more about the Emperor of All Maladies Project, please direct

inquiries to the Project Director, Tate Hurvitz: Tate.Hurvitz@gcccd.edu.  For questions or

problems using this website, please contact the Site Webmaster, Karl Sherlock: