Welcome to the South Suburban Community Read!

The One Book/One Community is a community-wide reading program focused uniting our district around one selected book. This program is aimed at introducing students at Prairie State College along with community members of District 515 to academic discourse and discussion across disciplines.
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This year’s selection is the The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Prediction Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver. Silver, the founder of the popular blog FiveThirtyEight,  examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. In the first half of the book (chapters 1-4) we are shown how a prediction can fail due to things like biases and overconfident guesswork. The second half of book (chapters 4-8) then focuses we can use enhance or ability to make correct predictions based of the information we have using Bayes’ Theorem. For more information about the book, including a chapter by chapter breakdown, check out the Book Section of this website.

Special Events will be planned throughout the course of the program. Explore the links on this webpage for up-to-date information about free events throughout the semester.

For more information on the book and ways you can participate, contact Matt Steele, (708)-709-3560 or msteele@prairiestate.edu.