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Common Read

Across the nation, colleges and universities have embraced common reading programs for first-year students. The goal of common reading programs is to bring together students from diverse backgrounds to build a community of learners through a shared experience.

Georgia Southern’s First Year Seminar course includes a common read to stimulate critical thinking and enrich classroom discussion. This book will help to introduce students to First-Year Seminar student learning outcomes, and provide students opportunities to relate concepts to their own experiences. The First- and Second-Year Steering Committee, made up of faculty, staff, and students, worked with the campus community to select this year’s common read.

This year’s selection is Normal Sucks by Jonathan Mooney. This selection was made with the review and voting support of Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students. Normal Sucks allows readers and facilitators to explore the breadth of diversity, equity, and inclusion by considering ability as an identity. The common read will be accompanied by materials and tools throughout the course to promote Inclusive Excellence as a core competency.

Last updated: 5/19/2020