Common Reading Experience

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The Common Reading Experience program complements our belief that a vital campus encourages all its members to engage in intellectual and philosophical conversations. When we share reading experiences inside and outside the classroom, our discussions and reflections create a stronger community of critical thinkers - the hallmark of a Liberal Arts education.


Incoming first-year students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents are invited to read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  Soon to be a major film, The Glass Castle enjoyed over 8 years on The New York Times “Bestseller List,” has won several major awards and has been adopted as a Common Reading selection at Colleges and Universities across the country.  We believe that The Glass Castle will enliven our Orientation and fall programming this year. Walls writes about her unorthodox life with unflinching candor and compassion and speaks of her family with love and understanding.


As a tool for discussion , the  memoir addresses important social problems  – poverty, childhood hunger, homelessness, sexual abuse, alcoholism – and explores  major themes - family, love, change, and personal resilience - that we think contribute to an engaging fall semester.  


About Author Jeannette Walls

Controversial gossip columnist, Jeannette Walls burst onto the literary scene when she decided to reveal her “family secrets.”  Since the success of The Glass Castle, Walls has turned to novel writing and her most recent novel, The Silver Star, has just been published.


Feedback and Suggestions

Throughout the year, the Common Read Committee reads and evaluates potential titles for upcoming years. >Send us your comments and/or suggestions!