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Common Read

About Common Read

The Common Read at Muhlenberg College unites the community around a common reading.


Goals of the program:

  • Provide a common intellectual experience for the Muhlenberg campus.
  • Promote academic discourse through critical reading and the exchange of ideas.
  • Foster a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.
  • Integrate an academic and social experience into the campus community.
  • Provide an introduction to the expectations of higher education.
  • Encourage students to read beyond textbooks.


Past Common Read selections:

  • 2019: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • 2018: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • 2017: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


The Common Read program is sponsored by the Provost's Office and Student Affairs.