Book suggestions for Common Reading Program due Friday

October 13, 2010

First-year students Cody Wilson and Bhavika Thakkar look through "Kite Runner," this year's Common Reading Program selection. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to submit book suggestions for the 2011-12 program.

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Faculty, staff, students and community members have until Friday (Oct. 15) to suggest a book to be used with incoming students for 2011-12. This book will be the third selected as part of Purdue's Common Reading Program.

To suggest a book, go to the Common Reading website at

The program's mission is to provide a common academic experience for all new students -- an experience that sets high academic expectations for students from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. It is co-sponsored by Student Access, Transition, and Success Programs (SATS) and Purdue Libraries, and is funded by the Office of the Provost.

2010-11 is the second year for the program. The selected book is "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. The book was provided free of charge to all incoming freshmen and transfer students over the summer, and students, along with the campus and local community, had the opportunity to hear from the author at a convocation before the start of classes. More than 5,250 students, faculty, staff and community members attended this convocation.

Many faculty are making use of the book in their courses and programs -- particularly in first-year seminars and learning communities across the colleges and schools. If you are sponsoring an event related to "The Kite Runner," submit it for inclusion on the program calendar. Both the event submission form and the calendar can be found on the Common Reading Program website listed above.

A book selection committee made up of faculty, staff, and students will review book suggestions during the fall term and will announce next year's selection in the spring. The book will be distributed to new beginning and transfer students during the Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) program.

Questions should be directed to Dan Carpenter, interim director of SATS, at For more information about the program, visit