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Common Community Reading

The Catawba Common College Reading Program, started in 2005, is an initiative intended to get you and your fellow incoming first-year students talking about important issues from the minute you arrive on campus. The program affords you an opportunity to participate in and contribute to the intellectual life of the College and provides you with a shared academic experience during Orientation and the first semester.

Themes in the reading are addressed in a variety of contexts: during formal discussion in Orientation, in individual First-Year Seminars, in the community, during informal conversation (with faculty, ALPHAs, coaches, staff, and other students), and in Lilly Center events such as the values and vocation dinner. Thus, the reading provides a common base for discussion among all members of the campus community for the entire year.

2015 Selection

The Common Community Reading (CCR) for Catawba College, class of 2019, will be “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” by Marina Keegan. 

Students may read this essay before they arrive on campus in August, on their summer retreat, or once they arrive on campus. They will discuss the essay with their peers, advisors, and other faculty and staff during Orientation.  Its themes will resonate with all our students as they begin their journey in higher education:  What is the purpose of my education?  What do I hope to accomplish now, and after graduation?  How do I come to understand my vocation?  Keegan’s essay is a decidedly-different take on the usual common summer reading for first-year students.