Common Community Reading
The Catawba College Common Summer 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.
The Common Summer Reading selection for Catawba College's Class of 2023 will be learning about learning. And it’s not just for the students.
As part of the college’s Common Summer Reading initiative, both students and faculty will focus their attention on learning through two books designed for each group as well as a nationally-recognized guest speaker about the impact of understanding how one learns.
Both faculty and students will be using books written by Saundra McGuire: “Teach Students How to Learn” will be the faculty-focused book, while students will be reading “Teach Yourself How to Learn.” Following these readings and various discussion groups on campus, both faculty and students will have workshops, led by Dr. Christiane Price of Dalton State College in Georgia, who is one of the nation’s leading experts on student learning and teaching.
Students who paid their deposit prior to May 1 received their copy of the common summer reading book at Preview day or will receive it during Orientation. To purchase the book please visit our online bookstore.
- 2018: Winston Churchill's "Their Finest Hour"
- 2017: Martin Luther King's 1964 Nobel Lecture: "The Quest for Peace and Justice."
- 2016: "Stepping Out" by David Sedaris
- 2015: "Even Artichokes Have Doubts" by Marina Keegan
- 2014: Kenyon University Commencement address by the late David Foster Wallace
- 2013: Adam Gopnik's "The Real Work: Modern Magic and the Meaning of Life"
- 2012: Atul Gawande's "The Checklist Manifesto"
- 2011: Dave Egger's "Zeitoun"
- 2010: Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea"
- 2009: Kevin Sites' "In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars"
- 2008: Jim Wooten's "We Are All the Same"
- 2007: Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains"
- 2006: Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner"
- 2005: Edward Tenner's "Why Things Bite Back"