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One Book – Global Connections

The Common Reading Experience is a new initiative that the Office of Undergraduate Studies launched in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs for academic year 2013-2014. With the slogan of “One Book – Global Connections,” the goal is to involve students, faculty and the University community in a lively discussion about important world issues connected to a common reading.

Freshmen students will have the course integrated into their Freshman composition and Academic Foundations courses. Other faculty teaching in both undergraduate and graduate courses are making plans to include parts of the book in their coursework. A series of events are being developed by various offices, such as New Connections, Residential Housing and Education, Faculty Fellows, and Parent & Family Relations. There will be a session in the Frontier Forum series and other prominent university events to involve undergraduate and graduate students in this year-long focus on the common reading.

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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