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Vote for the Next Common Reading

The University Common Read Program is designed to foster intellectual engagement and participation for all members of the NDMU community through a shared experience. A common read gently acquaints first year students with the academic rigor and culture of higher education. 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. 

The University Common Read Program Committee is comprised of faculty from all schools, students, and representatives from student life, enrollment management, institutional advancement, and the bookstore.

Selection Criteria

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 

Note: Part of the process of making the final selection of the book for the University Common Read will depend, in part, on the author’s ability to come to campus.


Learn more about the possible selections:

  1. One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  2. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
  3. Homegoing by Yaa Gysasi
  4. On the Run Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale by Rachel Lloyd

Voting Deadline

Voting will close on February 9, 2018.