SPARE PARTS is Miami University’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

Spare PartsMiami University in Ohio has selected Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts for their 2016 Summer Reading program!

All incoming first-year students will receive a copy of the book during their Summer Orientation in June, and will read the book before heading to campus at the end of August. Joshua Davis will be the featured speaker at Miami University’s Convocation ceremony on Friday, August 26. Convocation will be followed by breakout welcome sessions and discussion groups. In these discussion groups, students will engage in lively dialogue about Spare Parts‘s themes, and they will be encouraged to think about how these themes relate to their lives and to the world around them. Some of the themes that will be discussed include innovation, mentoring, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion.

This is the 35th year of Miami University’s Summer Reading program. The school uses this program to underline the following activities that they value most as a community:

  • Critical engagement with ideas
  • Close interaction among faculty, staff, and students
  • Reading, listening, reflecting, talking, and learning as characteristics of active, responsible citizenship.

Overall, this program is designed to unite the student body, and welcome new students into the Miami University community.

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MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS is UMass Amherst’s 2016 #CommonReading Book!

myhas20umass20cover-finalThe University of Massachusetts Amherst has selected Jennine Capó Crucet’s Make Your Home Among Strangers for their 2016 Common Read program!

All incoming first-year and transfer students will receive a customized UMass Amherst version of Make Your Home Among Strangers when they attend their New Students Orientation (NSO) session during the summer. International students and students who are unable to attend the orientation session will receive a copy of the book at orientation in September.

Students will be expected to take part in class discussions about many of the novel’s central themes, including race, immigration, and socioeconomic class. The goals of UMass Amherst’s Common Read program are to engage students in connecting with their fellow community members, to introduce them to the intellectual culture of their campus community, and to help them reflect on significant topics that they will be discussing during their time at UMass Amherst. The school hopes that in-class discussions on Make Your Home Among Strangers‘s themes will spark a wider conversation on the question of what makes campus another home, as well as on how a diversity of perspectives and experiences enhances innovation.

Beyond the classroom, Jennine Capó Crucet will visit UMass Amherst for a five-day campus residency this fall, from September 25-29, 2016. A week-long series of events related to the novel will coincide with Crucet’s residency, including a keynote speech on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The complete list of events can be found here.

Make Your Home Among Strangers was chosen through an extensive selection process. There were initially 24 book nominees from the campus community, which the book selection committee then narrowed down to three finalists. The three remaining books were read by more than 240 students, faculty, and staff. Make Your Home Among Strangers was ultimately selected because it depicts a wide range of subjects that will connect with a diverse student body, and it is especially telling of the experiences of first-generation college students and students of color.

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SPARE PARTS is Kansas State University’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

Spare PartsKansas State University has selected Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts for their 2016 Common Reading Experience program!

All matriculating first-year students (approximately 4,000) will receive a copy of Spare Parts from the university, and will read the book before heading to campus in the fall. Once they arrive on campus, students will engage in classroom discussions about the book in their first-year seminar classes.

Beyond the classroom, students will attend a variety of events related to the book. Joshua Davis will hold an on-campus public lecture on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., and there will also be a public lecture series by members of the Kansas State community.

Spare Parts was read and reviewed by the K-State Book Network selection committee, which is comprised of 42 faculty, and students and staff from 18 colleges and units. Each year, the selection process entails a vote from the selection committee, a general campus vote (community members are able to vote online), and the Committee Provost’s approval. Out of the three books that made it to the final round of voting, Spare Parts was the overwhelming top choice.

The motto of the K-State Book Network is “A campus on the same page.” Kansas State University’s purpose behind its Common Reading Experience program (K-State First) is to provide a unifying experience to help first year students transition from high school to college. This is accomplished by using the book as the students’ shared experience, and the book is used to facilitate guided academic and social activities.

With universal themes like education and overcoming insurmountable odds as underdogs, Spare Parts was selected, in part, because the committee and K-State community believe that it is a book that will resonate with a diverse student body. “We believe every major, from engineering to English, will find something to connect with in the book,” explained Tara Coleman, chair of K-State Book Network and associate professor, K-State Libraries.

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