Patricia Sullivan Common Reading Program

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Patricia Sullivan Common Reading Program

The Patricia Sullivan Common Reading Program at Molloy University:

  • Involves students, faculty, administrators, and staff, 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 1000, The College Experience, a course all First Year students take during their first semester.
  • Serves as the subject of the University’s Opening Convocation each fall. The book’s author comes to campus to talk about the book.
  • Is the catalyst for Inspired Works, a contest sponsored by the Patricia Sullivan Common Reading Program Committee to reward creativity in student writers, artists, or musicians.

Current Book and Author

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

About the Author

Laurie Frankel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of four novels. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, People Magazine, Lit Hub, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. She is the recipient of the Washington State Book Award and the Endeavor Award. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and been optioned for film and TV. A former college professor, she now writes full-time in Seattle, Washington where she lives with her family and makes good soup.

Inspired Works 2022-23 Contest Winner

Emma Quinn

Emma submitted a portrait in response to the prompt:

Bourne’s drinking water has been polluted by a chemical plant that operated on the bank of the town’s river. Did this novel cause you to gain a new perspective about PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” which may be in the water we drink? What would you do if something like what happened in Bourne were to happen where you live?


Book Selected for 2023-24

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford will speak at Opening Convocation on October 4, 2023.

Patricia Sullivan Common Reading Program Committee

Alice Byrnes, O.P., D.A., Chairperson of the Common Reading Committee, Professor of English

Linda Albanese, M.A., Vice President of Enrollment Management

Normadeane Armstrong, Ph.D., Professor, Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Sarah Evans, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Program Director of New Media

Mary Gallagher, B.A., Administrative Assistant, Communications and Psychology Departments

Donna Iucolano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Business

Janice Kelly, Ed.D., Professor, Program Director of Professional Communications, Chairperson of Interdisciplinary Studies

Patricia Mason, Ed.D., Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Services

David Nochimson, M.L.S. Access Service Librarian, James E. Tobin Library

Trisha O’Neill, B.F.A., Administrative Assistant, English and New Media

Jason Schoen, M.A.T., Instructional Designer, Blended & Online Learning

Barbara Schmidt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Rebecca Caron, Student Member

Elizabeth Gregory, Student Member

Emma Majewski, Student Member