Common Read 2014
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 Finalists for Common Read 2015-2016

Last Friday, October 31, after an intensive month-long process, the committee selected three finalists for the University's Common Read, 2015-16. We began this process with more than 30 book nominations from faculty, staff, and students across campus, including nominations from faculty in eight different colleges and schools. Read more

 Orange is the New Black is also the new Common Read

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has selected Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman as its Common Read for 2014-15.The book, originally published in 2010, tells the true story of the author’s time in a federal women’s prison where she served a 15-month sentence for drug trafficking. Read more

 Meaningful Meetings from Abroad

This past week members of the UMass Amherst community were set to meet some incoming students from abroad. UMass Amherst was fortunate to be able to enlist the expertise and services of Gretchen Dobson Ed.D., a leading global alumni relations consultant to coordinate these exciting opportunities for students. Read more

 Creating a Community of Caring: UMatter at UMass meets Common Read

In early 2014, then Provost James Staros and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life Enku Gelaye charged the Common Read Selection Committee with finding a book that would not only be an engaging, popular read for incoming students during the summer before college but would also align productively with the “UMatter at UMass” themes of compassion, care, and community engagement.  Read more

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman