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Read to Succeed: 2013-2014

Our Selection: The Power of Habit

The award-winning New York Times business reporter, Charles Duhigg, takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.


Wednesday November 6

Charles Duhigg

11:00 am – 11:50 am; LSC Ballroom
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in
Life and Business
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Charles Duhigg

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm; LSC Ballroom
Book Signing

Mr. Charles Duhigg

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm; Ballroom D
Student Luncheon with Mr. Charles Duhigg

Invitations required: Faculty selected students and contest winners

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm; LSC Theater
Writers Workshop - Investigative Reporting

Mr. Charles Duhigg

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm; LSC Theater
Consumer Habits and Behavior Change:  How Research Insights Fuel Strategic Planning
Ms. Susan Saurage-Altenloh, Saurage Marketing Research
Dr. Renée Gravois Lee, SHSU Department of Management and Marketing

5:00pm – 6:00pm; LSC Art Gallery
Fine Arts Reception and Award Ceremony
Mr. Mike Henderson, SHSU Department of Art

Thursday November 7

The Power of Habit Book Cover

9:30 am – 10:50 am; LSC Ballroom
Psychology of Habits
Dr. Marsha Harman, SHSU Department of Psychology

11:00 am – 12:20 pm; LSC Ballroom
History and Habits of Racial Privilege
Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn, SHSU Department of History

12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Bearkats Read to Succeed Faculty & Student Recognition Luncheon
Dr. Dick Eglsaer – Associate Provost
Faculty & Committee Recognition
Student Project Presentations
Student Contest Winners


  • Freshman Essay Contest  - Deadline: October 25

Art, Poetry and Essay Contests

Students should write an essay in which they analyze an advertising campaign, political campaign, government/nonprofit program, or a self-improvement program in terms of how the campaign targets consumers or has the potential to change habits as explained in The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg.
Contest Details [.docx]

  • Poetry Contest - Deadline: October 18

Students should write a poem or lyric about a habit of theirs or of someone else of which they were reminded as they read The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg.  
Poetry Contest Details [.pdf]

  • Juried Art Contest and Exhibit - Submission Date - October 31

This competition encourages and recognizes students who create art based on the themes presented in The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. 
Art Contest Details [.pdf]


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