Common Book Initiative

Common Book 2019-2020 Nomination

Following a successful inaugural year, we invite you to help us select the 2020 UChicago Common Book! As part of the University of Chicago’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Identity + Inclusion launched the Common Book Initiative in 2018. Throughout this academic year, we distributed more than 1,500 copies of Thi Bui’s graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, partnered with 11 academic units, and facilitated more than 20 related events across campus.

The second UChicago Common Book aims to increase engagement on campus and foster a variety of academic and social programming enabling us to examine current and historical events as well as issues of identity. We encourage submissions from undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The UChicago Common Book Selection Committee will look for books that are accessible to various English reading abilities, relevant to our world and campus, and have the potential to engage various academic disciplines across campus.

To nominate a book for consideration and to learn more about this process, please visit: https://ucinclusion.wufoo.com/forms/2020-common-book-nomination-form/

The Common Book Initiative is open to all members of the UChicago community, and we encourage you to share this invitation broadly across your various communication channels. If you have any questions, please e-mail commonbook@uchicago.edu or visit inclusion.uchicago.edu/commonbook.

Thank you for your support in the inaugural Common Book Initiative’s success and I look forward to continuing to foster cross-campus collaborations through the 2020 UChicago Common Book.

UChicago Common Book Initiative 

As part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the UChicago Common Book Initiative strives to enhance campus climate and build community through a shared experience, bringing together undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members to read the same book and engage in dialogues across campus. Such experiences foster full participation of community members and encourage understanding diverse perspectives and experiences within UChicago. The Common Book aims to:

  • Foster a sense of community by providing a common reading experience.

  • Examine current events and highlight diversity of lived experiences through discussions of the book and the major topics it addresses.

  • Engage all members of the campus community through a variety of academic and social programming.