Frequently Asked Questions

How did you select this book?

The book selection committee created a list of criteria, or things to consider, based on the recommendations found in the book Common Reading Programs: Going Beyond the Book (available in Hale Library).  

Why are we starting a university-wide reading program

Common reading programs have become widely popular at universities across the country. They build community: incoming students immediately have something they can discuss with each other and with other students, staff, and faculty. They send the right academic message: students are asked to read a book and to think about it critically at the very start of a student's undergraduate experience. They function as a high-impact educational practice: common intellectual experiences are powerful, proven means of preparing students for success in college.