Loyola University Maryland


Common Text Committee

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Looking Ahead to 2017: 

Messina, in conjunction with the Office of Student Engagement, is seeking suggestions and nominations for the 2017 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, The Good Life and The Visionary).  In particular, we are interested in reviewing books that focus on racial justice, gender and sexuality topics. When reviewing books, the committee considers the following criteria: 

  • High Quality – the book must be an example of good writing.  
  • The topics addressed can apply to variety of themes (Messina themes) and can be welcoming to various disciplines.
  • Students should be able to read the book independently over the summer (without guidance and instruction).
  • The book should have a hook to engage a high school graduate (and at the same time, should avoid a redundant experience from high school).
  • While no book is off limits, we should be aware of the “agenda” perception/argument – as a committee, we should be ready to defend the selection to a wide audience that includes colleagues, parents and students.

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 2017 selection committee.  Common Text Meetings will take place: 

  • Friday, September 30, 2016,  1:00pm-3:00pm, Humanities 221- Initial Screening 
  • Friday, November 18, 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Humanities 221 - Selection of Finalists
  • Friday, February 3, 2017, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Humanities 221 - Selection of Common Text 

During the fall 2016 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 late February 2017.  

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

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