Common Read Seeking Faculty to Lead Book Discussions with Students

The Common Read Program is looking for faculty who would be interested in facilitating conversations with first-year and transfer students in the fall.

A selection committee consisting of faculty, students and staff have chosen “Orange is the New Black,” a memoir by Piper Kerman, as Common Read 2014 book.The book chronicles Kerman’s life, the choices she made, the consequences that followed – and the redemption she found in places and faces completely different from the solace she thought could only be found in an elite world. The book humanly and critically explores the benefits and advantages held by individuals in our society and the profound capacity we all have for acceptance and change.

The Common Read 2014 Program will be introduced to first-year and transfer students during the summer New Students Orientation, and will continue into the fall semester with a series of academic course links, programs, speaker series and events.

For those interested in learning about or collaborating on the Common Read Program, contact a co-chair of the Common Read Program, Anjali Cadena or English professor David Fleming.

In its fourth year at UMass Amherst, the Common Read 2014 program has become an important and integrated part of the fabric of welcoming incoming new first-year and transfer students to the university.