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Academics

Common Book

Otterbein's Common Book program creates a shared reading experience for all incoming first-year students, faculty, many staff members, and student leaders. A committee of faculty, staff, and students select from over fifty books each year in an effort to find a significant contemporary work to read the next year. Learn more about the program.

FULL BODY BURDEN by Kristen Iversen

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Campus Author Visit: 
October 23-25
*Indicates event is open to the community

Wednesday, October 23
3 pm: All-Campus Convocation, Cowan Hall*
4:15pm: Book signing and campus reception, Roush Hall

Thursday, October 24
7:30pm Library Lecture & Reception, Courtright Memorial Library*

Read With Us

Check out books under consideration for future Common Book programs HERE.

Common Book Selection Criteria:

  • It encourages scholastic intellectual development for new students.
  • It is compatible with Otterbein's mission.
  • It is appropriate for a wide variety of disciplines and classes.
  • It is by a significant contemporary author who can visit campus.
  • It is not a book read in high school.
  • It is challenging but not overwhelming to entering first-year students.
  • It provides potential for hands-on experiences or service learning.
  • It will sustain discussion for a year.

Selection of the Common Book

A committee of faculty, staff, and students select from over fifty books each year in an effort to find a significant contemporary work to read the next year. Members of the committee meet weekly to discuss the books nominated for the next Common Book, and then continue to meet to prepare the introduction of the book to the campus community.

If you enjoy reading and are interested in joining the committee, contact Jennifer Bechtold, Co-Chair of the Common Book Committee, at (614) 823-3202. Interested in submitting a book for consideration? Please complete this online form to tell us more about the book you'd like us to review.