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Common Read

What is the Common Read?

Each year, Honors champions a campus and community Common Read experience. This initiative is designed to bring together people from all areas of campus and the Brookings community to learn, discuss, and engage a singular, impactful book and associated themes.

The Common Read Committee is a group of students, faculty, staff, and community members who plan and implement the Common Read experience each year. The group selects the book, provides training for faculty and staff who will be teaching the book, and plans numerous events designed to encourage participation and employ critical thinking around the text. 

Throughout the fall semester, the Common Read Committee partners with the Brookings Human Rights Commission to sponsor and support Common Read events within the Brookings community. This strong partnership garners a large amount of community support and involvement with the Common Read. 


2018 Common Read Selection

"Wrecked" by Maria Padian has been announced as the selection for the 2018 Campus and Community Common Read.

The novel addresses the topic of sexual assault on a fictional college campus. It is the goal of the 2018 Common Read to engage in conversations designed to elevate awareness and prevention of sexual assault. 

The themes of choice, awareness, relationships and emotional wellness (CARE) will be used to frame this year's Common Read experience. 

The Common Read series started in 2009. It was originally designed to raise the level of academic challenge at SDSU, enhance our awareness of diverse perspectives, increase faculty and student interaction, encourage serve and promote enriching, engaging educational experiences both in and outside class.

Past Common Read books have included:

"How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young & Arab in America"
Moustafa Bayoumi

"Boy Meets Depression"
Kevin Breel

"The Other Wes Moore"
Wes Moore

"The Good Food Revolution"
Will Allen

"The Heart and the Fist"
Eric Greitens

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"
Sherman Alexie

"Outcasts United"
Warren St. John

"Three Cups of Tea"
Greg Mortenson

"Mountains Beyond Mountains"
Tracy Kidder