Through Nov. 1: Nominate next common reading book

PULLMAN, Wash. – Books related to the theme “frontiers of technology, health and society” can be nominated through Nov. 1 as the Washington State University 2017-18 common reading selection used by thousands of first-year and other students.

Use the online form at to provide information for the selection committee to consider. If you can’t access the form, go to the nominations page,, to find questions and then submit information via email to

“We look to students, faculty, staff and the community to nominate great books that stimulate important dialogues,” said Karen Weathermon, common reading co-director.

“Through the Common Reading Program and the use of a single book across multiple disciplines, we are able to introduce students to exceptional faculty members and topics that make WSU a leading research and land-grant university,” said Susan Poch, co-director of the program and assistant vice provost.

“Students improve their critical thinking and communication skills and make a multitude of connections between what they learn in classrooms and their personal and academic lives and futures,” she said.

WSU has had a common reading since 2007. Starting in 2015-16, the program adopted a two-year theme to encourage students and instructors think broadly about big issues. The first theme, “social justice and leadership,” was used with the books “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson, and “I am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai.

“Frontiers of technology, health and society” is the new theme.

The selection committee will evaluate nominations and narrow the list to a few titles. As the top academic officer, the provost will make the final selection. Weathermon said the committee plans to have the short list ready this fall.

For more about the common reading and related events, see


Susan Poch, WSU common reading, 509-335-6037,
Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications, 509-335-9458,


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