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The Commons Reading

The Happiness HypothesisEvery incoming first-year class has something in common before arriving on campus: The Commons Reading - a text that all students with a domestic mailing address receive in the mail prior to move-in and are expected to read. International students receive their copies of the book when they arrive to campus. This assignment forms the basis for a community-wide dialogue that begins during orientation and continues throughout the year and takes place in houses, Vanderbilt Visions groups, and across campus. In the fall, all students will attend the annual Lawson Lecture which focuses on topics related to the reading. The Commons Reading is selected by a committee of faculty VUceptors. The Commons Reading for the Class of 2022 is The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt

 

 

Past Commons Readings

2017- Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss
2016- Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss
2015 - The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse
2014 - Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 
2013 - College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco
2012 - Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
2011 - The Good Life by Peter Gomes 
2010 - Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin