Loyola University Maryland

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Common Text

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The Bluest Eye Book Cover

Common Text Committee Meetings

The remaining spring 2014 meetings of the Common Text Committee will be dedicated to coordinating events associated with the 2014 Common Text, The Bluest Eye.   Members of the college community with an interest in the text or with ideas for event co-sponsorship are welcomed to attend.  Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to messina@loyola.edu to confirm your attendance. 

  • Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Humanities 221
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:15pm-1:15pm, Humanities 221
  • Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Humanities 221

Looking ahead to 2015: 

Messina, in conjunction with Dean of First Year Students and the Office of Student Engagement, is seeking suggestions and nominations for the 2015 Common Text. The books should be thought-provoking, engaging to a first-year student audience and easily applied to a range of disciplines and Messina themes (Self and Other, Stories We Tell and The Visionary). 

We are also seeking faculty members and administrators representing a variety of disciplines/schools, student development departments and Messina theme participation to serve on the 2015 selection committee.  The committee will begin to meet in September to review text suggestions.  During the fall semester, committee members will read 3-4 of the texts under consideration and will offer feedback towards the final selection, which should take place in February 2014.  

Fill out a form to suggest a book or to express interest in joining the committee.