About Program

The Common Book: One Book One Auburn

Auburn University’s Common Book program, was started in Fall 2010 as a way to provide incoming first-year students with a common educational experience to introduce them to the Auburn family. Students are asked to read the book prior to coming to campus in August. The book is then incorporated into Welcome Week, academic classes, and programming throughout September beginning with a visit by the book’s author who is invited to speak to the Auburn campus and local community and participate in a book-signing. Campus offices, academic departments, and student clubs and organizations plan educational and social activities around the themes of the book while faculty members are encouraged to incorporate the book in to their curriculum during fall and spring semesters.

The Auburn community is encouraged to participate in programming made available throughout September including service projects, discussion groups, interactive programming, and guest speakers. Stay up to date on events by following @AUCommonBook on social media including: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and on our homepage.

Selection of the Common Book

Any questions, comments, or suggestion for future authors or events should be emailed to the AU Common Book program.

For a text to be considered as a common book, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant to issues related to first-year students and which may appeal to the larger campus community
  • Rich in concept and content that will challenge students to gain new perspectives
  • Contemporary and engaging
  • Appeal to people from all backgrounds
  • Author or subject is available to visit campus
  • Have potential for strong academic and social programming opportunities

Please email the AU Common Book program for future book nominations.

  • Auburn Common Book

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