The Common Read Project

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.

2014 Common Read Committee

Peggy Kahn, Ph.D., Co-Chair
David M. French Professor of Political Science

Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D., Co-Chair
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Laura Friesen
Reference & Instruction Librarian

Guluma Gemeda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies

Jennifer Hogan
Executive Director of University Relations

Chris Molnar
Assistant Professor of History

Aimi Moss
Director of Academic Advising

Rushika Patel, Ph.D.
Director of the Women's Educational Center

Jessica Tischler
Chair of Chemistry Department and Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry