The Common Reading Program is an essential piece of your First-Year Experience at Wright State University. It was developed:
- To expose you to our academic atmosphere from the time you arrive on campus for Orientation
- To provide a common academic experience for all first-year students by giving you the opportunity to engage with your peers in intellectual discussions both inside and outside the classroom.
- To communicate the expectation that you will begin to read actively and critically, make judgments about the validity of what you read and be able to discuss challenging, sometimes conflicting, ideas.
You will also be provided with a series of interconnected academic and beyond-the-classroom activities that will challenge your critical thinking and evaluation of the text through your Learning Community and in many of your General Education courses.
We ask you to become an active member of the Raider community from the start by participating in this shared reading experience, discussing a controversial book, considering the issues it raises, formulating your own views, and sharing them with your teachers and classmates.
Common Text 2016
Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century
by Margaret O'Mara
Serious and silly, unifying and polarizing, presidential elections have become events that Americans love and hate. Yet presidential elections also provoke and inspire mass engagement of ordinary citizens in the political system. Pivotal Tuesdays looks back at four pivotal presidential elections of the past 100 years to show how they shaped the twentieth century. Exploring the personalities, critical moments, and surprises of these races, Margaret O'Mara shows how and why candidates won or lost and examines the effects these campaigns had on the presidencies that followed. But this isn't just a book about politics. It is about the evolution of a nation and the history made by ordinary people who cast their ballots.
Common Text 2015
A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity. A novel of great intensity and power, and inspired by a true story, The Cellist of Sarajevo poignantly explores how war can change one’s definition of humanity, the effect of music on our emotional endurance, and how a romance with the rituals of daily life can itself be a form of resistance.
Students will receive a copy of the Common Text at Orientation.
Previous Common Texts
Previous Common Texts used by Wright State University
- Just Mercy, '17-'18
- Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century, '16-'17
- The Cellist of Sarajevo, '15-16'
- The Fault In Our Stars, '14-'15
- The Other Wes Moore, '13 - '14
- Girl in Translation, '12-'13
- Zeitoun, '11-'12
- A Long Way Gone, '10-'11
- Three Cups of Tea, '09-'10
- Freakonomics, '08-'09
- Inconvenient Truth, '07-'08
- Eagle's Shadow, '05–'07
- Let Your Life Speak, '04–'05
- Nickel and Dimed, '03–'04