Natalie Díaz will be the speaker for the 2022 Common Reading Invited Lecture on Wednesday, February 9 in the evening. Díaz is a Pulitzer Price winning poet, the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry for Arizona State University, and a Mojave and a citizen of the Gila River Indian Community. She is the author of the poem “American Arithmetic” in A Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.
Welcome to the Common Reading program
Common Reading Nominations for 2022-23
The period for accepting nominations for the 2022-23 Common Reading book has closed. Our selection committee is reviewing the submissions and the their final selection will soon be announced.
About Tales of Two Americas
The 2021-22 common reading was published in 2017 by Penguin Random House Books. An anthology edited by John Freeman, it features non-fiction essays, short stories, and poems about class, socioeconomic, and racial inequalities across many regions of the U.S., including the Pacific Northwest cities of Boise, Portland, and Seattle. The 36 authors represent a spectrum ranging from the well-known to the emerging.
First-Year Students: Redeem Your Free Digital Book Copy
In fall 2021, all incoming first-year students on the Pullman campus will be receiving a free digital copy of the 2021-22 common reading book, Tales of Two Americas. These copies are being distributed through Google Play redemption codes emailed to eligible students. Instructions for redeeming your copy »
Faculty: Want a Digital Exam Copy to Consider?
If you’re considering Tales of Two Americas for use in your classes in academic year 2021-22, submit an online form to request a digital exam copy of the book.
- Jan 11 (Ongoing) Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art: Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar
- Jan 20 (Zoom) Screening of “Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho: Karens and Cancel Culture with Chelsea Handler”
- Jan 25 (Zoom) Screening of “Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho: Interracial Dating and the Backlash that Comes with It”
- Jan 26 (Zoom) Screening of “Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho: Mental Health Doesn’t Discriminate,” with Lil Wayne
- Jan 26 (Zoom) Rob Crossler (MIS) on “The Unintended Technological Consequences of Global Public Crises: The Tyranny of Technological Decision Making in Post-Pandemic World”
- Jan 28 (Zoom) “Anti-racism Training,” Xyanthe Neider
About Our Program
What Is a Common Reading?
A common reading is one way to create community connections among students, and between students and their professors, residence hall staff, and others. Topics in a selected book are examined throughout the year by members of the university community, sparking academic conversations in and beyond classrooms, highlighting WSU research and the diversity of ideas across disciplines, and introducing different ways to explore complex issues from a variety of perspectives.
Recent Program Impact
Robust programming includes expert guest lectures, stimulating events, film showings, and much more. In 2020-21, for example, the Common Reading Program…
- Hosted and collaborated with 20 other campus units system-wide to provide 80 virtual events, double the number of previous years.
- Recorded attendance exceeding 1,600 students, faculty, and staff–42 percent attended more than one event.
- WSU Common Reading opens nominations for 2022-23 book through Nov. 15
- WSU Common Reading Offers Exam Copies of New Book to Faculty for Classes, Programs
- May 3 Book Request Deadline: Teaching Academy Book Club Using New Common Reading
- WSU’s Next Common Reading Is ‘Tales of Two Americas,’ edited by John Freeman