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Quote from Malala Yousafzai: One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.

Side-by-side thumbnail photos of book covers2017-18 Books announced: Ready Player One for Pullman, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Everett, and Global Campus; Spare Parts for Vancouver

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Screening of “He Named Me Malala” film hosted by WSU Common Reading April 18

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Khalida Brohi Sept. 27 WSU presentation on YouTube

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Nov. 15 WSU presentation on YouTube

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What is a Common Reading?

A common reading is another way of creating community connections among students, between students and their professors, residence hall staff, and others. Topics in the book provide topics that members of the university examine together throughout the year. They will spark discussions in and beyond classrooms, highlight research across disciplines, and introduce different ways of understanding complex issues.

I Am Malala is about having a voice and working to establish social justice. Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai survived a 2012 attack by the Taliban and launched a campaign for education. In 2014, when she was 17, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Through the non-profit Malala Fund, she continues to be a world leader in the cause for universal access to education.

Thousands of students on five WSU campuses will use the book in many UCORE general education classes, such as sections of HIST 105 (Roots of Civilization), English 101, and UNIV 104 (First-Year Success Seminar), as well as courses in many majors.

I Am Malala will be used at these WSU campuses:

  • Pullman
  • Tri-Cities
  • Spokane
  • North Puget Sound at Everett
  • Global Campus

Creating community connections around book topics

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 really enjoyed this event. I was able to really connect with it.”
  • “Gave me a better perspective of the issues in this book.”
  • “Excellent presentation with a very interesting topic and discussion.”
  • “Amazing. Informative and perspective broadening.”
  • “Very open & good speakers. Engaging.”
  • “Really interesting topic, great presentation. Presenters were knowledgeable and engaging. I greatly enjoyed the presentation.”