Otterbein University has established a common reading experience for new students through a gift from an alumna, Mary Thomas '28. The selection of books for the common reading experience reflects Otterbein's resolve to add an academic component to new student orientation and to present itself to incoming students as an intellectual community willing to grapple with significant contemporary issues. Since 1995, the series seeks to stimulate a year-long discussion of an academic theme derived from common book issues by exploring it in classes, residence halls, and co-curricular programming. This common reading experience involves all incoming first- year students, faculty, many staff members, and student leaders. A committee of faculty, staff, and students select from over fifty books each year in an effort to find a significant contemporary work to read the next year.
The reading rubric helps readers make decisions on nominations.
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Common Book Criteria
The following is the criteria for the Common Book selection:
Selection of the Common Book
A committee of faculty, staff, and students select from over fifty books each year in an effort to find a significant contemporary work to read the next year. Members of the committee meet weekly to discuss the books nominated for the next Common Book, and then continue to meet to prepare the introduction of the book to the campus community.
If you enjoy reading and are interested in joining the committee, contact Colette Masterson, Co-Chair of the Common Book Committee, at (614) 823-3205 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Send your suggestions or reviews of the books to the committee via Kirsten Peninger at email@example.com.