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All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in Common Read/Common World, USA's voluntary Common Read Experience. Each fall semester, the book selection may be used in First-Year Experience and various courses of the faculty's choosing. There will be events surrounding the book and its topics during the academic year, including lectures, discussions, films, and performances. Please check back frequently to learn more about this program and ways you can get involved!

Please use this site to locate information about the current book selection, author(s), events, or how the book will be used in the university as well as in the community. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact

USA Common Read 2013-14 End of Year Events

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The last two events for the University of South Alabama's Common Read inaugural year take place April 16th & 17th (see details bottom right). Please don't miss either of these fantastic events. Tickets are available in the Jaguar Productions Office (contact info below). 

350 Campus Drive
Student Center 130
Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 460-6452


USA Common Read 2014-15

The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 selection, "Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project", first published in 2007. "Listening" was selected after much deliberation by a committee composed of USA faculty, students and staff. Fifteen titles were reviewed during the process.

"Listening" fits the parameters established for USA's Common Read; including the following:

  • Potential to engage students and spark discussion
  • Appeal to a wide range of students
  • Possibilities for classroom use, including the First Year Experience classes
  • Inclusion of cross-cultural education, awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity
  • Possibilities for campus programming
  • Relevance for student life

Other institutions who have used "Listening" include the University of Mississippi, UNC Charlotte, Iowa State University, University of Toledo, and Evergreen State College.

USA Common Read 2013-14

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Authors:  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

 Half the Sky Youtube

Upcoming Events

A number of Common Read events are held each year to encourage discussion about the text. Visit the Events page for more info about upcoming events. 

Wednesday, April 16
Janine Latis, advocate and author “First They Come for Your Mind. The Spectrum of Relationships Abuse.”

6:00 p.m.
USA Student Center Ballroom
Contact: Dr. Krista Harrell (251) 460-6452 

Thursday, April 17
A V-Day Benefit Reading of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: USA

7:00 p.m.
USA Student Center Ballroom
Admission for students is $5, and $10 for faculty, staff and general public
Contact: Dr. Krista Harrell (251) 460-6452 

The proceeds for both VDAY events will benefit the Mobile Rape Crisis Center and