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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.

2014-2015 Common Book: RUNNING THE RIFT by Naomi Benaron 

Campus Author Visit: Campus Convocation Tuesday October 21 3-4 PM Cowan Hall

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.