Outlook: Ohio University News & Information

Monday, June 1, 2015
Offer suggestions for the next Common Reader
Open call gives campus the opportunity to help shape first- and second-year students' experiences  

Oct 29, 2009  

As the Common Experience Project featuring Zakes Mda's "Cion" begins its second year, the Common Reader Committee is planning for the future. All members of the campus community are invited to submit suggestions for a theme and texts for the project's 2010-2012 cycle.

The project, also known as the Common Reading Program, was established as a way for incoming students to share a common intellectual experience and to introduce them to college-level reading and writing expectations. According to Sherri Saines, reference librarian at Alden Library, all submissions should aim to, "Incite critical thinking about an idea exemplified in a group of texts."

"Texts" is not just defined as printed books, but can include recordings, movies, maps and much more. The definition is up to the submitter's imagination. The chosen theme and texts should be able to be adapted to all departments and programs.

All submissions should revolve around a central theme and provide four to five suggested "texts." 

"People could use the theme of activism. For materials they could suggest the books 'Three Cups of Tea,' 'Mountains Beyond Mountains,' the film 'Malcom X' and poetry by Nikki Giovanni."

All submissions for the 2010-2012 cycle should be sent to oucommonexperience@gmail.com for consideration. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Nov. 10.

-- Colleen Kiphart



Related Links
Common reader 'Cion' blog:   http://www.library.ohiou.edu/commonreader/ 

Published: Oct 29, 2009 9:18 AM  

Share this story

Bookmark and Share

Email To:

A valid EMAIL TO address is required. You have entered an invalid email format.
Email From:

A valid EMAIL FROM address is required. You have entered an invalid email format.


 Top stories

Feb 4, 2003
Residence halls conserve and recycle
Feb 5, 2003
E Street to Late Night: An evening with Max Weinberg
Feb 17, 2003
Kenner Bush receives prestigious Founders Citation
Wilfred Konneker receives prestigious Founders Citation
Mar 5, 2003
The Local Girls to perform at Ohio University Lancaster Campus
Sep 2, 2003
Local artist Ora Anderson featured on WOUB's 'Afternoon Edition'

Sign up for emergency text messages.
Outlook welcomes your feedback, news items and story ideas
Share comments about the site
Submit an announcement
Share a faculty, staff or departmental achievement

Subscribe to the Outlook listserv

Tel: 740-593-1890    Fax: 740-593-1887   E-mail:
All Rights Reserved