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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.

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2014 Selection

The 2014 reading is the 2005 Kenyon University Commencement address given by the late David Foster Wallace. 

 It can be read over the summer, during the freshmen retreat, or during orientation, but it does need to be read for the community reading session on Tuesday August 18 during orientation. Directions on how to focus your reading through a study and reading guide are provided below but students will also hear from their First-Year Seminar professors who may provide specific directions about how and when to read the piece.



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