The common reading program is designed to foster intellectual engagement and participation for all members of the NDMU community through a shared experience.
What is Common Read?
All students, faculty, and staff read the selected literary work and participate in various opportunities throughout the academic year to engage in scholarly inquiry, broaden and deepen their understanding and responsiveness to social problems, promote dialogue and interdisciplinary exchanges, and seek opportunities to put the new learning into action.
Faculty members integrate the common read into each course for the academic year inviting the student to explore the same piece of work through multiple lenses, an approach consistent with the liberal arts tradition.
2018-19 Selection: Girls Like Us
"With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption." — Harper Collins Publishers
Rachel Lloyd will visit NDMU on November 6, 2018. Join us for a public presentation at 7:00 p.m. in LeClerc Auditorium.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
- Breaking Night by Liz Murray
- Five Days At Memorial by Sheri Fink
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The entire campus community is encouraged to submit nominations for the common reading each September. An interdisciplinary group consisting of faculty members, staff, and students review the nominations and feedback and select the piece of work based on the following criteria:
- Consistent with the mission of the University
- Raises issues related to gender and global perspectives
- The topic is broad enough for the widest range of disciplines to apply their specific approaches to the exploration of the piece of work and to provide an infrastructure for interdisciplinary inquiry and discussion
- Accessible for first year students in terms of interest and level of academic difficulty
- Lends itself to related activities such as service experiences, artistic projects, residence hall activities, etc.
- A reasonable chance that the author would be able to visit campus