The Common Reading Experience selection for 2018 is Love & Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation by David A. Price.
For 2018, the Common Reading for Westover Fellows is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
In support of our institutional mission, we strive to foster a community that develops students with strong character and balanced perspectives for a global society at Lynchburg by creating connections among and between students, professors, and staff through the selection of a single book chosen to be read by all incoming freshmen. The Common Reading is discussed during Hornet Days providing students an opportunity to experience discourse at the collegiate level in a liberal arts environment. Our goal is to provide programming and activities pertaining to the theme(s) presented in the Common Reading selection.
The Lynchburg Common Reading Experience will:
- Increase the sense of community on campus through a common experience
- Encourage integration of ideas and perspectives across disciplines and in other aspects of the Lynchburg experience
- Develop communication skills through in depth discourse on differing perspectives
- Foster critical thinking by offering multiple opportunities to examine and reflect upon the reading, particular as it relates to current issues
Previous selections include:
- 2017: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Common Reading flyer (PDF)
- 2016: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- 2015: The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
- 2013 – 2014: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- 2010 – 2012: This I Believe II edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman with John Gregory and Viki Merrick
- 2008 – 2009: Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman
- 2007: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
- 2005 – 2006: A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
- 2004: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines