Common Read 2014-15

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General Education

Rodney Frey
Director, General Education
Phinney Hall 116
(208) 885-6268


Common Read


The Common Read is a program designed to engage the university and Moscow community, its students, staff, faculty and community members, in a unified intellectual activity.  For first-year students it introduces them to academic expectations, respectful discourse, and community building.  The Common Read is supported by the Judith M. Runstad Lecture Series, which sponsors a keynote address by the author of the Common Read, or someone closely associated with the book. First-year students will be asked to read the book as part of their ISEM 101 Integrated Seminar requirements.  The Common Read book is available through the U of I VandalStore - Bookstore.

This is a program sponsored through the General Education program, supported by the Office of Student Affairs, and a host of faculty, staff and student members on the Common Read Committee. 

Common Read: 2015-16

The University of Idaho is excited to announce our Common Read for 2015-2016 will be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  The author will be giving a keynote address on Monday September 14th at 6:00 pm in the International Ballroom of the Bruce Pitman Center.  A book-signing will follow.  The event is free and open to the public.

All the Light We Cannot See is the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, as well as a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and is a New York Times bestseller.  The celebrated prose stylist brings his keen naturalist’s eye and his empathetic engagement with humanity’s largest questions to the parallel stories of Marie, a blind girl living in occupied France, and Werner, a German orphan whose extraordinary mechanical abilities earn him a place among the Nazi elite.  For more information on All the Lights We Cannot See.

Common Read: 2014-15

The University of Idaho is excited to announce our Common Read for 2014-2015 will be Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen.

The author, Bich Minh Nguyen, gave a keynote address on the Moscow campus on Wednesday, September 24th. To view the YouTube talk, go to:

Nominations: 2016-17

We are now seeking nominations for Fall - Spring 2016-17.  Deadline for nominations is Monday December 8, 2015.  The Common Read committee is seeking nominations of books, regardless of genre.  For criteria. Past selections have included works of fiction, history, race and culture, ethnic identity, immigrant experience, economics, and political discourse.  See Past Common Reads

If you have a book in mind, please send your nomination to Include in your nomination a synopsis of why you think this book is appropriate for the Common Read, addressing each of the criteria listed.  Also include: Book Title, Author, Publisher, Year Published, Paperback Option, Cost, Awards, Name of nominator and contact information.