Common Reading Program
Molloy College students, faculty, and staff participate in the College's Common Reading Program.
The Common Reading Program:
- Involves students, faculty, administrators, staff, and local residents in reading and discussing a book chosen by a college committee because of its important theme and its relevance to contemporary life.
- Revolves around a book that is required reading for FST 101, The College Experience, a course all freshmen take during their first semester.
- Serves as the subject of the College's Opening Convocation each fall. A prominent speaker (usually the book's author) comes to campus to talk about the book and explain the writing process involved.
- Is associated with various campus lectures and events corresponding to the book's subject matter.
- Is the catalyst for Inspired Works, a contest sponsored by the Common Reading Program Committee to reward creativity in student writers, artists, and musicians.
Common Reading Selections
- Fall 2013: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
- Fall 2012: Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
- Fall 2011: Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference, by Warren St. John
- Fall 2010: Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
- Fall 2009: Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michel Greenberg
Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder addresses the freshman class at Molloy College's 2012 Opening Convocation. His book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, was the year's Common Reading selection.