Common Book

Clarion University: Common Read

Common reading programs, also known by authors, publishers, and schools as the First-Year Reading Experience, offer a dynamic educational experience and bonding opportunity for new students. Colleges and universities choose one book for its first-year class to read the summer before the students arrive on campus and develop a unique curriculum to tackle the topics and themes of each book, often culminating in a much-anticipated visit from the author.

2019 Common read:  Falter by Bill McKibben 

About the book:
Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. Drawing on his experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, McKibben issues a sobering call to arms to save not only our planet--but humanity itself.

Join a Community of Learners:
To participate in the Common Read Program, ALL first-year students should purchase the book during the spring or early summer and, at the very least read Parts 1 and 4 BEFORE Welcome Week in August. Reading the book will prepare students to participate in discussions and events throughout the fall semester. The Common Read Program is an important part of the first-year experience as it engages students in thinking about relevant, interesting, and challenging ideas as part of a community of learners.

Please note: **The book will be available on 4/16 and can be purchased from a number of vendors, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the publisher, Macmillan.

The Common Read Program is sponsored by the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series and the Center for First Year Experience.

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Last Updated 4/9/19