2015-16 Book: Just Mercy
What is a Common Reading?
Topics from a single, carefully selected book for students are featured in mainly first-year classes but also in other classes in disciplines across the university, and in special events and presentations. Having a shared source for such topics provides a common ground for students and their professors,as well as stimulates discussions and learning. The same topics also lend themselves to presentations in a lecture series presented by faculty and other experts, and to discussions among students, faculty, and the community within and beyond classrooms.
A robust and fun Common Reading Tuesdays guest expert lecture/film/event series brings diverse and comprehensive book topics to life in terms of university research and real-life applications. Many students earn extra credit points for attending. Some of their comments include:
- “I found this event interesting.”
- “I’m interested to learn more about this (topic).”
- “This event furthered my understanding of an issue of the book.”