Common Reading Program

Common Reading Program

The Common Reading Program at Providence College was established in 2010 with the goal of extending student perspectives beyond the typical PC educational and cultural experience. Using a common text that is read by all incoming freshman and transfer students, the Common Reading Program connects the campus community by encouraging intellectual exchange on a specific theme. Throughout the year, academic and co-curricular activities and assignments are built around the theme and the entire College community (students, faculty, staff) engages in meaningful conversations around the reading.

This archive is designed to provide a record of student scholarship created around the common reading. The archive will highlight annual common reading essay contest winners as well as additional student work that demonstrates intellectual engagement and depth in learning around the annual common reading content.

  • Not currently represented: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer (Class of 2015)

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Browse the Common Reading Program Collections:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Class of 2022)

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream​ (Class of 2021)

I Am Malala (Class of 2020)

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (Class of 2019)

Outliers: The Story of Success (Class of 2018)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Class of 2017)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Class of 2016)

Common Reading Essay Contest Winners