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  • Be sure to check the calendar for events, performances, and presentations by the Common Reading Program and its partners on campus!

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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The Order of the Crimson Key: Let the Celebrations Begin!

When game play ended March 9, nearly 1,700 WSU Pullman students had earned points throughout fall and spring semesters. The game is officially over. One student earned a $300 scholarship. Five more (and their guests) dined with WSU’s President and First Lady at their residence. And there’s still more fun to come!

80s Game Night and Crimson Key Gala

6:00-8:00 p.m., Tues., March 27, Terrell Library Atrium


Hosted by the WSU Libraries, this event features candies from the 1980s, retro board-game play (think Twister and Trivial Pursuit, for example), Oculus Rift sessions involving VR headsets, and a raffle for:

  • Tickets to the March 28 Pullman premier of Steven Spielberg’s movie Ready Player One, courtesy of Village Centre Cinemas
  • CRIMZONE football passes for Dad’s Weekend 2018
  • Framed Ready Player One movie posters
  • Common Reading books and posters signed by author Ernest Cline when he visited campus in Aug. 2017
  • Cougar gear
  • Cougar fleece blanket and throw
  • Gift cards to local business, including passes to regional gaming centers

CRIMSON KEY GAME PLAYERS: If you were notified that your name was picked to win tickets to the movie, you should pick them up at the Gala!

Campus partners in this event are the Common Reading Program, the Office of Undergraduate Education, Student Involvement, and the Student Entertainment Board.

VIP Attendance at the premiere of Ready Player One

6:40 p.m., Wed., March 28, at Village Centre Cinemas (Bishop Blvd.)


This VIP movie night is courtesy of Village Centre Cinemas, a generous sponsor and program supporter of the Common Reading Program and The Order of the Crimson Key game. Wear clothing and hair styles from the 1980s and you might be selected for a prize! A large group photo will be taken, so please arrive in time.