2020 Common Read Selection
There There by Tommy Orange has been announced as the selection for the 2020 Campus and Community Common Read.
The novel "follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism" (from Penguin Random House).
The selected themes of focus play off the title, together forming the acronym THERE. They are: Truth, Healing, Exploration, Relationships, and Empowerment.
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 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.
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 and other campus and community groups to sponsor and support Common Read events on campus and within the Brookings community. These strong partnerships garner a large amount of campus and community support and involvement with the Common Read.