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Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the Common Read/Common World?
Common Read/Common World, USA's Common Read Experience is a voluntary, campus-wide reading program. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to read the same book and participate in discussions and activities in the classroom and on-campus. Common Read/Common World supports the university's mission of providing high-quality teaching, research, public service, and health care that create, communicate, preserve, and apply knowledge in service to Alabama as citizens in a global world. The program supports Goal One of the Strategic Plan: Build upon the academic quality and learning environment of the University.

 Why should I participate?
The Common Reading Experience provides:

  • An introduction to academic expectations and intellectual engagement
  • A common experience with peers and faculty
  • Opportunities for self-reflection and critical thinking
  • A powerful, meaningful, and fun experience

 How will the text be used?
The book may be used in various courses as determined by faculty. There will be events including films and performances, a lecture series, discussion groups, and much more. See the upcoming event schedule for more details.

 Is participation required?
Participation is not a University requirement, but the book may be incorporated into the curriculum. Faculty, in various disciplines, may require the book in their courses.

 How do I get a copy of the book?
Copies are available for purchase at the USA Bookstore and at your local bookstore. Copies are available for loan at the University Library.  If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request this text in an alternate format, please contact Student Disability Services at (251) 460-7212.  No alternate format copies will be supplied without proper documentation.  If you are faculty or staff and are interested in participating in this program or reviewing the text, please email commonread@southalabama.edu.

 How is the book selected?
The Common Read/Common World Committee considers the following criteria when selecting the Common Read:

  • Potential to engage students and spark passionate discussion
  • Appeal to a wide range of students
  • Possibilities for classroom use among various departments, including First-Year Experience
  • Inclusion of cross-cultural education, awareness, knowledge and sensitivity
  • Possibilities for campus programming
  • Richness of themes; interdisciplinary in nature
  • Relevance to student life
  • Available in paperback
  • 400 pages or less

 How can I recommend a book?
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit recommendations for future selections. Submit an online recommendation.

 How can I learn more about the book and/or author? 
To learn more about Homegoing and Yaa Gyasi visit the book's publisher Penguin Random House

 How can I get more information about the program and/or the book?
If you need more information than what is available on our website, please email commonread@southalabama.edu