• Hamline University Common Read

    The 2017 Common Read is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

    For more information, please visit the book's website as well as Bryan Stevenson's website and The Equal Justice Initiative's page on the book.

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    2017 Common Read Program Events

    Mark your calendar for a series of Common Read Program events this fall! All events are free and open to the public, and count toward FYSem Throwdown. 

    • Thursday, September 14 in Anderson Center 111/112 from 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. : Hamline Faculty Panel Discussion of Just Mercy and the Liberal Arts
    • Tuesday, September 26 in Anderson Center 304/305 from 11:20 a.m. –12:40 p.m.: Screening of 13th (2016) 
    • Thursday, September 28 in Anderson Center 111/112 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  Conversation with Kemba Smith (Space is limited, RSVP only)
    • Thursday, October 5 in Anderson Center 111/112 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  Cultivating Strong College Reading Skills Workshop
    • Tuesday, October 17 in Anderson Center 111/112 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Community Panel Discussion of Just Mercy and Social Change 

    Additional College Reading Resources

    All first-year students are expected to read Just Mercy before Piper Passages orientation begins in late August 2017. The Common Read is a great opportunity to give yourself time to reflect on your own approaches to reading, especially when you might find reading challenging. Here are a few resources to get you started in that thought process: 

    • Check out a variety of reading resources from Dartmouth College focused on improving your reading comprehension and reading rate and how to effectively approach college-level reading assignments.
    • A 2015 Medium article offered some insights on and exploration of "How to Enjoy Reading Books." 
    • A list of active reading strategies from Princeton University might help you to reframe your reading practice as a conversation with books, articles, and other texts.
    • For those who are a bit defiant about the concept of college-level reading, Defiance College has an interactive collection of college reading strategy resources including six common college reading myths and how to tips for creating a productive reading environment.

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    Previous Hamline University Common Reads

    Check out the titles that Hamline University has selected as common reads in the past: