Shared reading: Shared Reading

Every year, all first-year students at Xavier read the same book and discuss and reflect upon it in their Freshman Seminar classes. Incoming students are provided with copies of the book when they arrive on campus. Throughout the year, all members of the Xavier community are encourage to read and discuss the book and the issues it addresses. These discussions are enhanced through our Reading Connexions series, through which Xavier hosts authors, speakers, and films screenings related to the shared reading. Through this shared reading, we gain not only a better sense of the book but a better sense of each other.

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Next Year's Shared Reading

We are in the process of selecting a book for the 2015/2016 academic year. Please see our Next Year's Book page for more information.

Previous Shared Readings

Since 2007, Xavier has used the idea of a shared reading as a means of helping our first-year students make the transition to college life. Over the past five years, this project has expanded to become something that can help bring the entire university community together. Below are the books that have been read over the past few years. Click on the cover for more information about each.

The Paradox of Choice
2007/2008
Why New Orleans Matters
2008/2009
Dreams of My Father
2009/2010
Mountains Beyond Mountains
2010/2011
Fast Food Nation
2011/2012
The Other Wes Moore
2012/2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
2013/2014
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
2014/2015