USF Common Read Experience


About the Program

The Common Reading Experience is an initiative that the Office of Undergraduate Studies launched in cooperation with the Divi- sion of Student Affairs for academic year 2013-2014. With the slogan of “One Book – Global Connections,” the Common Reading Experience (CRE) encourages students to engage in curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to enhance their critical thinking and global competency while tackling important issues. We want to connect students’ own questions about the world as they see it with collaborative events and lively discussions connected by a common reading.

The university-wide common reading program seeks to unite students from across disciplines by inviting them to read and discuss a common book together. The CRE Curriculum includes book integrations in numerous courses, including Academic Foundations classes (SLS 2901) and First Year Composition classes (ENC 1101 & ENC 1102).

The Common Reading Experience will also be used as a basis for guided discussion, a source for examples related to projects and assignments, and a common resource for daily classroom activities. Through an exploration of the issues at stake in this narrative and the rhetorical choices made by the author, students will gain an understanding of the impact writing can have on individual lives and broader, global communities.

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Mission Statement

The Common Reading Program is designed to provide USF students with a common intellectual experience to generate discussion, promote critical thinking, and instill a sense of community among students, faculty/staff, and alumni. The USF Common Reading Program will:

  • Unite the campus community in a shared intellectual experience that generates discussions around diverse ideas, experiences, and points of view
  • Promote dialogue and connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Expose students to issues relevant in today’s global society
  • Bridge learning experiences inside and outside the classroom
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Library Initiatives

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Holocaust & Genocide Studies | Florida Studies Center
Oral History Program | Textbook Affordability Project

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