• Hamline University Common Read

    The 2019 Common Read is On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. 

     On the Come Up  

    FOR INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: What is the Common Read?  

    Welcome to Hamline! All first-year students are expected to read the Common Read by Sunday, September 1st, the first day of Fall Orientation, and will receive a copy of On the Come Up during their Summer Orientation and Registration session. The Common Read book is included in your Fall 2019 book rental fee, and is provided for use during your first semester at Hamline  at no additional charge to you. A digital copy of the 2019 Common Read Assignment Sheet is linked here.

    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.

    Questions? Contact The Center for Teaching and Learning.  

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    Previous Hamline University Common Reads

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

    • 2017: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 
    • 2016: $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn Edin 
    • 2015: We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
    • 2014: Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk
    • 2013: What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain
    • 2012: Outcasts United by Warren St. John
    • 2011: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    • 2010: The Late Homecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
    • 2009: Nickeled and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
    • 2008: A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki
    • 2007: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    • 2006: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    • 2005: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
    • 2004: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
    • 2003: E=MC2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis
    • 2002: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
    • 2001: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer



    ARCHIVE: 2018 Common Read Program

    Big Data was the theme of Hamline's 2018 Common Read program. The 2018 Common Read was Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.

     18 Everybody Lies

    All first-year students received a copy of Everybody Lies during their Piper Preview summer orientation experience. The common read is a required text for every first-year seminar course, and students should have the book completely read before the Piper Passages fall orientation which begins on September 2nd. A reading guide worksheet is available to help students create a reading plan for the book and reflect on their academic reading skills. For more information about the book, please visit Seth Stephens-Davidowitz's website.         

    In alignment with the Big Data theme, the 2018 Commitment to Community speaker was Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

    18 Algorithms of Oppression

    The Commitment to Community lecture is another required component of every FYSem course. All first-year students will attend Noble's lecture together as a FYSem class. For more information, please visit the NYU Press Algorithms of Oppression book webpage and Safiya Umoja Noble's website.


    2018 Common Read Program Events

    • Hamline Faculty Panel Discussion of Everybody Lies, Big Data, and the Liberal Arts on Thursday, September 13 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Anderson 111/112
    • Commitment to Community (C2C) Lecture featuring Safiya Umoja Noble on Thursday, September 27 (time and location to be confirmed)
    • Screening of Digital Disconnect: Privacy, Fake News and Democracy (Media Education Foundation, 2018) on Thursday, October 4 from 11:20 a.m.–12:50 p.m. in Anderson 112
    • Common Read/C2C Community Panel Discussion on Big Data in the Twin Cities on Thursday, October 18 from 11:20 a.m.–12:40 p.m. (location TBD