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Common Reading Program Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Welcome to the Common Reading program

Nominate a Common Reading for 2022-23

Have you read a good book lately? We will be looking for nominations for a 2022-23 common reading in fall semester 2021. In the meantime, please keep in mind books that you think could spark Washington State University campus conversation around an important topic.

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Faculty: Want a Desk Copy to Consider?

If you’re considering Born a Crime for use in your classes in spring, submit an online form to request a desk copy of the book.

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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. They spark discussions and intellectual conversations in and beyond classrooms, highlight WSU research and the diversity of ideas across disciplines, and introduce different ways to explore complex issues from a variety of perspectives.

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A note about the COVID-19 outbreak and the Common Reading Program: Common reading events and programming are being delivered in online formats, such as Zoom meetings and online recordings. Check the calendar page for details.

Trevor Noah introduces Born a Crime

Above: Trevor Noah takes 30 seconds to describe to a new reader what they can expect to encounter in his memoir.