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.
During Fall 2019, the entire Queens community will explore the topic of criminal justice together.
This year's Common Read will feature Michelle Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. All undergraduate students, full time and current adjunct faculty, and staff can pick up a complimentary copy of The New Jim Crow by showing their Q-Card at the bookstore.
Several Fall engagement opportunities have been planned to prepare campus for Michelle Alexander’s visit on Tuesday, November 19.