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Common Read

We are opening nominations for the 2017-2018 Common Read and invite you to submit a title you feel worthy.

The Common Read is a program designed to engage all our first-year students in a unified intellectual activity, which introduces and reiterates them to academic expectations, respectful discourse and community building. First-year students are asked to read the book as part of their ISEM 101 Integrated Seminar. The book is available through the Vandal Store.

The Common Read committee is seeking nominations of books, regardless of genre, that accomplish the following:

  • Promote engagement on a topic relevant to the university community, and especially incoming first-year students. The topic should be of a broad interest across the university community.
  • Given the breadth of audience, the book should be accessible, enjoyable and engaging, yet challenging.
  • Provide an opportunity to inspire students intellectually to learn, engage and lead, to take ownership of their University of Idaho educational experience in critical and creative ways.
  • Provide diverse points of view, experiences or other content that would promote sustained discussion.
  • Provide multi- or inter-disciplinary perspectives, allowing students, staff and faculty from differing academic disciplines to find points of intellectual convergence and integration as they address the topic of the book.
  • Address most, if not all, of the five University of Idaho Learning Outcomes.
  • Hold the possibility that the author of the book (or someone closely associated with the book) could come to the Moscow campus and give a keynote address or presentation on the book.

Please send your nominations (book title and author, and addressing each of the criteria listed above) to by Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.


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 UI 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.

General Education

Physical Address:
347C Administration Building

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-4947


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