The University of Northern Iowa community is beginning the selection process for our "common read" for the 2015-2016 academic year. This book will be used in the curriculum for the First-Year Cornerstone class, provide inspiration for a Strayer Wood Theatre production, and bring together the campus and municipal communities in discussion around critical issues. The common read selection committee is seeking your book recommendations for this campus-wide project.
This year, the common read must relate to the theme "And Justice for All ...", with a focus on social injustices (poverty, class, education, racism, and other social ills). The common read selection committee will choose one fiction and one non-fiction book related to this theme from the submissions.
Before submitting your recommendation, ask yourself the following:
1. Will this book stimulate critical thinking and discussion among new UNI students?
2. Will this book provide opportunity for a common intellectual experience for the broader Cedar Falls/Waterloo community through year-long, campus-wide programming?
The criteria for book selection is listed below. The common read should:
- engage students and generate questions, reflection, and conversations across a variety of topics, including a current issue related to the theme "And Justice for All ..."
- be relatively short (preferably 350 pages or less), and at the intellectual level of what should be expected of a college freshman
- challenge students to use critical thinking skills and consider multiple perspectives, moving beyond dualistic (either-or) thinking
- have an author who is currently living, and potentially able to come to campus for a lecture
- be available in a relatively inexpensive paperback edition (less than $15)
- encourage student-driven programs and initiatives
- be readable, tell a good story, and have the ability to enhance classroom teaching by a variety of instructors
Having considered all of the questions and criteria listed above, please complete all of the fields below to submit your recommendation by noon on Wednesday, October 1.