CITIZEN is the 2017-18 Common Book at the University of Kansas!

Citizen

The University of Kansas has selected Citizen by Claudia Rankine as their 2017-18 KU Common Book!

All incoming first-year students received copies of the book at orientation during the school’s welcome week. Common Book events will be held throughout the academic year to enable continued community-wide discussions. Group discussions around Citizen began on August 20, where returning student leaders, faculty, and staff members met with new students and engaged with the core themes of the book.

Claudia Rankine will visit campus to discuss Citizen on September 7, 2017, at 7 p.m. at KU’s Lied Center for “An Evening with Claudia Rankine.” Following this event, Rankine will be back on campus on September 8 at 10 a.m. in Woodruff Auditorium for a Q&A session. Other scheduled Common Book events include a special art exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art that is in conversation with Citizen; a screening of “Whose Streets,” a film that focuses on the events that followed the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium on September 13; and a campus community panel and discussion of Citizen on October 25.

Citizen was selected by the Common Book Selection Committee because it is an accessible yet dynamic text that is both relevant within the current cultural moment and also amendable to diverse analyses. “The notions of citizenship and identity loom at the forefront of ongoing debates,” explained Cécile Accilien, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and a member of the KU Common Book Selection Committee. “Rankine skillfully and carefully weaves a tapestry of powerful images moving through various genres ranging from poetry to YouTube videos to expose the violence that many people of color around the globe face on a daily basis.”

To better facilitate discussions around racial issues raised in the book, KU also sought to equip its faculty and staff with the tools to create safe spaces that encourage conducive debates. To fulfill this aim, the university organized two workshops for instructors who plan to use this book; these workshops were run by Dr. Siobhan Scarry, Professor of English at Bethel College, who has written extensively on how Citizen can be used in classrooms. Howard Graham, who leads the KU Common Book program, followed the workshops with an interview with Dr. Scarry where she discussed how she incorporated the book into her own classroom. The Office of First-Year Experience also intends to develop guides and assignments during the spring semester for faculty who are interested in using Citizen in their classroom.

The goal behind the KU Common Book is to engage first-year students in campus wide, topical discussions that allow students, faculty, and staff to build a community and create a shared academic experience. “By reading Citizen, new students will become part of important conversations at KU about how we decrease and eliminate microaggressions and help one another to thrive,” said Sarah Crawford-Parker, Assistant Vice Provost for the First-Year Experience.

The Common Book initiative is a key component of KU’s “Bold Aspirations,” which seeks to share intellectual experiences that invite analysis, foster critical thinking, and reflect the type of reasoned discourse that is expected at the college level. Books are nominated throughout the year by the KU community at large, shortlisted by the Steering Committee, and finally selected by the Selection Committee. Both of these committees include faculty, staff, and KU students. Although the primary focus of the Common Book initiative is to include and acclimate first-year and transfer students to life at KU, all students, and faculty and staff members can participate in the discussions.

Click here to see other schools that have adopted Citizen. Visit our Popular Picks page for more common reading options from Macmillan!

Citizen • Graywolf Press • 160 pages

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MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS has been selected for George Mason University’s 2017 #MasonReads program!

Make Your Home Among Strangers

George Mason University has selected Jennine Capó Crucet’s novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, for their 2017 Mason Reads program!

All incoming first-year students will receive copies of the book when they attend orientation in either June or July. Students are required to read Make Your Home Among Strangers before heading to campus at the end of August. The book will not only inspire lively dialogue among students when they first arrive on campus, but it will also be integrated into programs, campus events, and classroom activities throughout the rest of the school year.

Crucet will visit campus and speak at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m. This event will be held in partnership with the Fall for the Book festival. More Mason Reads event and programming information is to come.

Every year, the Mason Reads program ushers incoming freshmen into collegiate life by providing them with a shared reading experience. Throughout the year, the selected title is integrated into classroom coursework, campus activities, and special events. George Mason University outlines that the Mason Reads program enables students to:

  • Develop an increased sense of belonging in the community
  • Cultivate a strong connection with faculty and staff
  • Increase development of the Mason graduate
  • Pursue self-discovery and self-awareness
  • Develop stronger connections between curricular and co-curricular activities and involvement.​​

The school hopes that Make Your Home Among Strangers will be a tool through which incoming students can share many common experiences, both in the classroom and around campus.

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Make Your Home Among Strangers • Picador • 416 pages

Meet Macmillan at #FYE17 in Atlanta!

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Visit us in the Exhibit Hall in Booth 55-56!

FYE Exhibit Hall
Saturday, February 11 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
Sunday, February 12 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 2-5 p.m.
Monday, February 13 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Visit Macmillan’s booth (#55-56) to explore our diverse selection of books that are perfectly suited for First-Year Experience and Common Reading programs!

Saturday, February 11

Join us for dinner with Diane Guerrero!

Diane Guerrero 7:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Rooms A601/602

Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

Diane Guerrero is the author of In the Country We Love, and an actress on the hit shows Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City. 

Monday, February 13

Join us for Macmillan’s Inaugural First-Year Experience Author Lunch!


11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atrium Level
Rooms A601/602

Lunch and author panel, with a book signing to follow
Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson, Ph.D. is the author of White Rage, and a professor of African American studies at Emory University. She is the author of many books and articles, including Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 and Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights: 1944-1955. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence is the author of City of Thorns, and a former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the horn of Africa. He is the author of Radio Congo and has written for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and Prospect. He lives in the Black Mountains in Wales with his wife and daughter.

Richard E Nisbett

Richard E. Nisbett is the author of Mindware. He is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and one of the world’s most respected psychologists. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychology Association, the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, and the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, among others. His books The Geography of Thought and Intelligence and How to Get It have been translated into more than ten languages.

Rabia Chaudry

Rabia Chaudry is the author of Adnan’s StoryShe is an attorney, a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a national security fellow at the New America Foundation. She is the co-host of Undisclosed, one of the top-ranked podcasts in the iTunes store. She is a frequent public speaker, and her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Time, The Huffington Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Join us for dinner with Damon Tweedy!

Damon Tweedy 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Across from the Marriott Marquis)
International Ballroom North

Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

Damon Tweedy is the author of Black Man in a White Coat, and a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He has published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-eds about race and medicine have appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He lives outside Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

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Join us for dinner with Damon Tweedy at #FYE17!

Monday, February 13 • 7 p.m.   
Hyatt Regency Atlanta | Embassy Ballroom ABC
Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free! (RSVP is required—click here!)

Featuring

black man in a white coatDamon Tweedy
author of
Black Man in a White Coat
A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine
Picador USA | About the Book

carry onLisa Fenn
author of
Carry On
A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family
HarperCollins

salt housesHala Alyan
author of
Salt Houses
A Novel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

on fireJohn O’Leary
author of
On Fire
The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
Simon & Schuster

Join us for the Macmillan Author Lunch at #FYE17 in Atlanta!

Monday, February 13 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.    
Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level, Rooms A601/602
Lunch and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free! (RSVP is required—click here!)

Featuring

white rageCarol Anderson
author of
White Rage
The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Bloomsbury USA | About the Book

city of thornsBen Rawlence
author of
City of Thorns
Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Picador USA | About the Book

mindwareRichard E. Nisbett
author of
Mindware
Tools for Smart Thinking
Farrar, Straus & Giroux | About the Book

adnans storyRabia Chaudry
author of
Adnan’s Story
The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
St. Martin’s Press | About the Book

Join us for dinner with Diane Guerrero at #FYE17!

Saturday, February 11 • 7:45-9:30 p.m.   
Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Rooms A601/602
Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free

Featuring

in the country we loveDiane Guerrero
author of
In the Country We Love
My Family Divided
Henry Holt, & Co.  | About the Book

carry onColson Whitehead
author of
The Underground Railroad
A Novel
Knopf Doubleday

salt housesJ.D. Vance
author of
Hillbilly Elegy
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
HarperCollins

on fireGarrard Conley
author of
Boy Erased
A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family
Penguin

CITIZEN is Hobart and William Smith Colleges’s 2016 #CommonRead Book!

Hobart and William Smith Colleges selected Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric for their 2016 Common Read program.

Over the summer, all incoming students were required to read Citizen before arriving on campus for orientation at the end of August. The book has since inspired campus dialogue around issues of race and racism in first-year classrooms and at a variety of community events. These events have ranged from art exhibitions to a faculty panel comprised of professors from various disciplines leading a discussion on Rankine‘s work in the context of American citizenship.

Claudia Rankine will give a reading of Citizen at the Smith Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Her reading will also include a discussion of her work, and will be preceded by a student art exhibition, “From Slave to Citizen,” which focuses on themes of resilience, oppression, and resistance. The exhibit will be on display in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House on Nov. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges’s Common Read program is designed to provide incoming students with a shared intellectual experience, and to ignite in-depth discussions that touch on a multitude of issues and perspectives. “A common read is a shared text that we expect all of our first-year students to engage in,” Solomé Rose, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, explained. “We felt that it was important to have a common point of reference, a common text for discussion, amongst the incoming class,” added Stephen Cope, Assistant Professor of English.

Citizen was ultimately selected as the Common Read because it delves into existing social issues and enables challenging discussions to be started. “[Citizen] is about issues of marginalization, and race, and racism,” explained Rose. “For our students of color, they’ve already been experiencing this before they get to HWS. I think that what this text does is signal to them that these issues matter . . . Let’s start with probably one of the most difficult conversations to have in this country; let’s talk about race, and let’s be empowered to be vulnerable in those moments.”

Citizens appeal to Hobart and William Smith Colleges also stemmed from the book’s universality and ability to change pre-conceived notions of race relations in the United States. Matt Cragg ’17, a senior at Hobart College, described how reading Citizen in a Sociology course last year altered his views on racism in America: “After reading [Citizen] I can tell you, personally, I have a totally different perspective on the word “racism” and how I view it now . . . It has opened my eyes to . . . different perspectives. I wish I had the chance to read [it] as a freshmen coming in. I hope that everyone who reads it gets something out of it.”

Click here to see the other schools that have adopted Citizen. Visit our Popular Picks for more common reading options from Macmillan!

Citizen: An American Lyric • Graywolf Press • 160 pages

Meet Macmillan at #NODA2016 in Indianapolis!

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Visit us in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 107!

NODA Exhibit Hall
Sunday, November 6
Visit Macmillan’s booth (#107) to explore our diverse selection of books that are perfectly suited for First-Year Experience and Common Reading programs!

Join us for lunch with Jennine Capó Crucet!

Jennine Capó CrucetMonday, November 7 at 12 p.m., JW Grand Ballroom 5

Lunch and author panel, with a book signing to follow at 1:30 p.m.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers and a story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, John Gardner Book Prize, Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald and the Latinidad List. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Bread Loaf Fellow, she was a Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She was raised in Miami and is currently assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Crucet previously spoke at an author dinner at the 2016 Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience.

Make Your Home Among Strangers has been selected for First-Year Experience programs at CSU-Channel Islands (CA), Hollins University (VA), and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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THIS I BELIEVE II is Tennessee Tech University’s 2016 #CommonReading Book!

Tennessee Technological University has selected This I Believe II as their 2016 Common Read Book!

All incoming first-year students are required to read This I Believe II this fall, and other university and community members are also invited to participate. Each first-year student will receive a copy of the book in their University Connections course in the fall.

In addition to participating in classroom discussions about This I Believe II‘s themes, students will also have the opportunity to meet Dan Gediman when he visits Tennessee Tech in the fall. Gediman will give a keynote speech discussing his role in the preparation and selection of essays for This I Believe and This I Believe II, and he will host a mini-workshop to assist students in developing their own “This I Believe” essay. Following the workshop and the completion of their “This I Believe” essays, students will be invited to submit their essays for inclusion in Tennessee Tech’s own “This I Believe” collection. The essay collection will be published after the fall semester.

Sister Helen Prejean, who contributed an essay to This I Believe IIis also expected to be on campus in the fall as part of Tennessee Tech’s Center Stage lecture series. Additional events are still being planned and more information is to come.

This I Believe II was selected for Tennessee Tech’s Common Book program primarily because of its diverse array of narratives, perspectives, and experiences. “We feel This I Believe II allows readers to experience a variety of events, cultures, and different beliefs through relatively short essays,” explained Allen Mullis, Common Book committee chair and director of Orientation and Student Success. “Unlike previous Common Book selections, students can open up any page and begin reading essays from people of all walks of life.”

This is the fifth year of Tennessee Tech’s Common Book program. Each year, a book is selected by a committee of faculty and staff, who read a selection of books that have been submitted through an online form. All university community members are able to submit book suggestions. The primary goal of this program is to create a shared reading experience for all incoming first-year students, faculty, and many university community members. The Common Book program also seeks to:

  • Challenge students to broaden their personal perspectives through participation in a university and community-wide conversation.
  • Introduce students to contemporary global issues.
  • Develop intellectual engagement inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Create a foundation for students to explore values and ethics.
  • Provide an introduction to the educational experience at Tennessee Tech.

Click here to see other schools that have adopted This I Believe IIand its predecessor, This I Believe. Visit our Popular Picks page for more common reading options from Macmillan!

This I Believe II • Picador • 288 pages

CITIZEN is Ramapo College’s 2016 #CommonReading Book!

Ramapo College (NJ) has selected Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric as their 2016 First-Year Seminar Summer Reading Book.

All incoming first-year students (approximately 900 students) are required to read Citizen over the summer, before heading to campus in the fall. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the campus bookstore. Students will discuss Citizen with their First-Year Seminar classmates once classes begin; students have also been assigned to either write a 750 word essay or compose a creative reflection based on their reading of the book. This exercise is meant to push students to use their critical thinking, reasoning, analytical, writing, and communication skills. Each student must complete one of the following assignments:

Essay:

“Rankine presents everyday, real life experiences of racism through poetry and image. How does Rankine create an effective argument about what it means to be an American citizen through these words and images?”

OR

Creative Writing Project: 

“Like Rankine does here, describe a specific experience of such a microaggression through poetry and image, or any creative medium that can be submitted electronically.”

The project is the first written assignment for the First-Year Seminar. Although all students are required to complete the assignment, they are also able to submit their work to the Class of 202o Essay Contest. Entries must be submitted electronically to the Director of First-Year Seminar, and up to three winners will win a $200 prize and lunch with Rankine.

Beyond the classroom, students will see Rankine speak on-campus on Sept. 6th at 2 p.m., when she attends the school’s Opening Convocation ceremony. The event provides students with an opportunity to establish an even deeper connection to Citizen.

Citizen was selected by a committee composed of first-year students, faculty, and staff from the Ramapo College community. Committee members used selection criteria to ensure that the book will:

  • Elicit in-depth discussions among first-year students in the classroom
  • Have a subject that is current, thought-provoking, and relevant to first-year students
  • Have an author who is an engaging speaker
  • Have style and content accessible to all students

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Citizen: An American Lyric • Graywolf Press • 160 pages