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Common Read 2012

Common Read gets all freshmen on the same page.

The goals of the Common Read Program are to create a common academic experience for first year students, and promote discussion which engages the campus community.  The Common Read will be required for new students enrolled in the First Year Seminar.  Our hope is that faculty, staff and current students will also choose to read the selected book.   Programming opportunities will be developed which relate to the book's themes.

For six years, the University Library has partnered with Student Services and Academic Services to provide the Common Read as part of the University's Freshman Experience Program.  In addition to serving on the Common Read Selection Committee, the Library provides the Common Read webpage that features information about the selected book, its author, major themes, and how to obtain assistance from Library Staff.  Students have made this one of the most visited pages on the UNH website.

Common Read for 2011 -  Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream
     Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary by Bill Strickland
Common Read for 2010 - Outcasts United : a Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
Common Read for 2009 - Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search
     for a Greener Future by Greg Melville
Common Read for 2008 - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Common Read for 2007 - Mountains Beyond Mountains: the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would
     Cure the World  by Tracy Kidder
Common Read for 2006 - Tuesdays with Morrie: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and
     Achieve the Extraordinary
by Mitch Albom