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One Book, One Campus

University of the Sciences’ One Big Book Club has changed its name to One Book, One Campus. This change has been made to more accurately reflect the program goals and its impact on the campus community as a whole.

Over the past seven years, the focus had evolved from providing a common summer reading experience for all first year students to a campus-wide, collaborate effort of students, faculty and staff to create a sense of community, facilitate dialogue and generate discussions around a common theme.

Since its inception in 2004, nearly 4,000 students, faculty and staff have participated, reading a variety of books, including:

  • 2004 – The Color of Water by James McBride
  • 2005 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • 2006 – Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • 2007 – Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
  • 2008 – My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • 2009 – Persepolis II: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
  • 2010 – The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman
  • 2011 – Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Books are selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff and students who consider books based on the following criteria:

  • Literary quality
  • Appeal to a wide range of readers
  • Ability to challenge students to think about issues they may face
  • Potential to create a sense of community (through sharing common experiences of reading and discussion)
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