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For Faculty and Staff

How to Participate in Common Read/Common World

Incorporate the text into a class you teach
Include it as a required text or discuss the themes and topics of the book

Facilitate discussion groups 
Help guide discussions in the residence halls or as part of a Brown Bag lunch

Create programs and events related to the text
Get your department involved and incorporate themes of the book into your existing programs.

Attend Common Read/Common World events and encourage students to attend
Invite your students to join you at a presentation or viewing.

Create additional student and faculty resources
As you develop assignments or guided discussions, please consider sharing these with other faculty

Suggest a title for future consideration
When you read a particularly notable book, one that is accessible to a wide range of readers, consider nominating it for consideration.

Web resources

Cradle of Freedom Resource Guide

Access the Ebook version via Marx Library 

You will need Adobe Digital Editions to access the ebook on an iPad or iPhone. Download it for free here:


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