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The Common Read Program

One book enriching the lives of many on campus

The Common Read Program, in partnership with The Learning Society, is a cross-campus, multidisciplinary experience that connects students, staff and faculty in a shared intellectual experience, inspiring curiosity and sparking conversation. We engage with meaningful texts of our time and provide a space for discourse. A Common Read can provide a shared language and shared experiences across classes, departments, offices and other "pockets" of how we live and work on campus.

Campus-Wide Connections

During Fall 2020, the entire Queens community explored the topic of leadership together.

The year's Common Read features renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Leadership: In Turbulent Times, which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Her book offers context for our turbulent times and showing how today’s leaders can learn from the past. Complimentary copies of Leadership: In Turbulent Times are available in the bookstore for undergraduate students.

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