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Common Book Program: The Common Book Program

Adler University's Common Book Program

In 2010, Adler University launched the Common Book Program to develop community by creating dialogue across multiple constituencies on issues related to social justice and social responsibility.

Each year, Adler University's Common Book Committee chooses a work of fiction for the entire Adler University community to read and discuss together.  The Committee is made up of students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses and selects a work of fiction that deals with issues of social justice and social responsibility that will appeal to the Adler community across all campuses and has relevance to the University's curriculum.  For more information on the program, please contact Ariel Orlov, Director of Library Services.

Past Common Book titles include:

  • In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, 2022-23
  • The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler, 2020-21
  •  The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, 2019-20
  • Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese, 2018-19
  • God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison, 2017-18
  • For Today I Am A Boy, Kim Fu, 2016-17
  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2015-16