Nominations Sought for 2012 KU Common Book

Common Book Program
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:44 PM
KU Lawrence Faculty and Staff; All KU Students

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We are pleased to announce that KU will institute a campus-wide Common Book Program for fall 2012. This program will provide an important opportunity to introduce our first-year students to the intellectual atmosphere of our campus. All entering students will receive a copy of the book and will participate in discussion activities and programs during their first year.

We invite you to submit your nomination for KU’s inaugural Common Book. Anyone with a KU login may submit a book nomination before January 31, 2012. To access the online form, visit:

A steering committee has developed three programmatic goals for the KU Common Book Program:

  • Build community among faculty, staff, and students
  • Create a shared academic experience for first-year students
  • Encourage intellectual engagement through reading and discussion

For more information about the KU Common Book Program and related activities, visit the Bold Aspirations implementation website.

A student’s freshman year sets the tone for the college experience. Those students who engage intellectually with one another early are more likely to stay engaged and to graduate. We hope that you will support this new program by submitting a book recommendation for consideration.


Jennifer Church-Duran, KU Libraries
Sarah Crawford-Parker, Office of the Provost
Maryemma Graham, Department of English

Common Book Steering Committee Co-Chairs

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