The purpose of the Common Read Project is to encourage incoming freshmen and other students at the university to read a common book prior to the start of the new academic year. During the fall semester, faculty along with students and staff will lead campus discussions that center on the themes and issues raised in the book.
The Common Read Project is a faculty-led project, in which faculty work in close collaboration with academic and student affairs. The charge of the committee is to select a book that inspires intellectual curiosity, prepares students for the challenging reading that is part of a university education, and contributes to the university as a community of ideas, inquiry, and discussion. The committee also develops programming around the book’s ideas.