Common Text

i-common-text.jpgThe 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 2015

CellistCoverImage.jpgA 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.

The artwork for The Cellist of Sarajevo was done by Alexis Schankin, a junior year student from Beavercreek, Ohio studying as a Fine Arts major with a concentration in Photography.  She works in Wright State's Institutional Research department, designing infographics and posters to visually illustrate data.  In her spare time, Alexis enjoys relaxing with friends, browsing the vast internet, hiking through forests to unwind, and, of course, designing and creating art.

Common Text 2014

The_Fault_in_Our_Stars.jpgThe Fault In Our Stars

By John Green

Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. 

Students and parents are invited to Fall 2014 Common Text Events

First-year students participating in Common Text events should consider becoming eligible for the First Year Student Distinction Award of up to $250.  Learn more at FYSDA

Previous Common Texts

Previous Common Texts used by Wright State University

  • The Other Wes More '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

2015 Common Text - The Cellist of Sarajevo