The Common Text

Why do we read a Common Text?

  • Introduce students to an Ignatian-inspired process of inquiry that emphasizes meaning-making, risk-taking, and asking deep questions
  • Provide an opportunity to practice active reading, share informed opinions, and discuss challenging or conflicting ideas
  • Connect new students with Learning Communities, faculty, staff, and one another
  • Kick off a yearlong series of programs that integrate Common Text themes

Common Text 2018

The Common Text for academic year 2018-19 will be announced in May 2018.

Previous Common Texts

2017

Notes from No Man's Land (2009)
Eula Biss

2016

Kindred (1979)
Octavia Butler

2015

The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
Ursula K. Le Guin

2014

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (2011)
Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

2013

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010)
Nicholas Carr

2012

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse (2011)
Lester Russell Brown

2011

Country Driving (2010)
Peter Hessler

2010

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008)
Paul Tough

2009

The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (2008)
Pico Iyer

2008

Crossing Into America
Louis Mendoza and S. Shankar