The Common Read Program began at Viterbo University in 2018 as an effort to connect all incoming freshman and transfer students through a common book.
The book is:
The Viterbo First Year Experience (FYE) Implementation Committee selected Educated by Tara Westover as the 2019 First Year Common Read.
Educated chronicles the life of Tara Westover, born to survivalists in rural Idaho. Westover was born in Idaho in 1986. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned a MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book.
Thank to the generosity of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Dr. Westover will be giving a lecture on September 12 from 7-8:30 pm in the Fine Arts Center, Main Theatre.
Questions about the First Year Common Read? Contact Kirsten Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The practice of assigning incoming students to "common reading"-asking them to read the same book before they arrive on campus-has gained popularity in recent years as colleges and universities have sought new ways to improve the first-year experience."