UI seeks suggestions for next Common Read book

The University of Idaho Common Read Committee is seeking nominations for a book to be read by the university and Palouse-area communities during the 2022-23 academic year.

Texts should be accessible to students of all reading levels, address contemporary issues and have the capability of being used for discussion in a wide range of courses, according to an email from Interim Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Dean Panttaja.

Recommendations should be submitted by Jan. 31 to panttaja@uidaho.edu, in the following format:

  • Title.
  • Author.
  • Area of concentration (e.g. racism, immigration, resilience).
  • Brief statement on how the book would meet the above criteria.

Now in its 14th year, the Common Read is designed to engage the university and greater community in a unified intellectual activity, according to Panttaja. First-year students will be assigned the book as reading in their general education program classes.


The Common Read is a community event for not only the university, but for Moscow, Pullman and the surrounding area.

“It is a common intellectual activity that culminates in a community discussion with the author and other activities, which are free to the public,” Panttaja said.



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