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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.

2014-15 Common Book:
RUNNING THE RIFT by Naomi Benaron 

Campus Author Visit: October 21-23
*Indicates event is open to the community

Tuesday, October 21
3 pm: All-Campus Convocation, Cowan Hall*
4:15 pm: Book Signing and Author Reception, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall*

Wednesday, October 22
8:00-9:00 am, Class Visit (FYS 1040), Chapel
Otterbein students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend

9:25-10:30 am, Class Visit (FYS 1040 &1046), Chapel
Otterbein students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend

10:50 am:  Theater 1000 Production, Campus Center Theater*
 Scenes and Reflections from Running the Rift

7:30 pm: Friends of the Library Lecture & Book Signing, 2nd Floor, Courtright Memorial Library*

Thursday, October 23
10:30-11:30 am, Class Visit (FYS 1053), Chapel
Otterbein students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend


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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. Send your suggestions or reviews of the books to the committee via Amy Parsons.