Welcome to the Common Reading program
Nominate a Common Reading for 2022-23
Have you read a good book lately? We are accepting book nominations for the 2022-23 common reading are through Monday, November 15, 2021. Please consider nominating a book that you think could spark Washington State University campus conversation around an important topic.
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.
- Sep 7 Museum Exhibits: Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition, and “Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar”
- Oct 19 Amber Wichowsky on “Inequality and Class”
- Oct 19 Brian Blanchfield (visiting Writers Series)
- Oct 20 Kelsey Ellison on “Disability Representation in Film
- Oct 20 Rain Dove and Kelsey Ellison on “Disability and Relationships”
- Oct 21 David Treuer on “Modern Native America and Environmental Justice: Changing the Narrative of our American Moment”
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