Common Reading

Common Reading Archives

The Common Reading Program is an established start-of-school tradition at SMU. The incoming class receives the book during the summer at AARO and reads it before arriving for the start of the fall semester. First-year writing courses use the book as part of the curriculum for the fall semester.

Here you will find information on some of our past Common Readings.


2013: "The Other Wes Moore"

2012: "The Big Short"

2011: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

2010: Zeitoun

2009: Dreams from my Father

2008: The Devil’s Highway

2007: How to Be Good, by Nick Hornby

2006: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

2005: Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America

2004: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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