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The Commons Reading

Past Commons ReadingsEvery incoming first-year class has something in common before arriving on campus: The Commons Reading - a text that all students receive by mail and are expected to read over the summer prior to their first semester.  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.  Whenever possible, the author of the reading addresses the new class during the annual Lawson Lecture in the fall.  The Commons Reading is selected by a committee of students, faculty, and staff.  The Commons Reading for the Class of 2020 is Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss.

Past Commons Readings include: 

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