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Common Reading 2021: Home

Welcome to the Common Reading Program Reading and Teaching Guide

Welcome to the Reading and Teaching Guide for the Common Reading! Whether you’re a professor wondering what activities you could use in your class to incorporate the text or a student looking for more information on a piece, we have the information you’re looking for. Find sample discussion questions, activities, related resources, and bios from all our contributors. You can also find a full online version of the text.

Want to nominate texts for the 2022-23 Renewal Anthology? Submit texts here.

Common Reading Lecture: Nadina LaSpina

 

Nadina LaSpina
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021—7:30 p.m., Virtual Only!

Nadina LaSpina is a memoirist and prominent activist in the disability rights movement. Her book, Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride, details the story of her life, from her early years in her native Sicily, where she contracted polio as a baby, to her adolescence and youth in America, spent almost entirely in hospitals, to her rebellion and her activism in the disability rights movement. She now lives in New York City, where you can find her in the streets with Disabled In Action, ADAPT, The Disability Caucus, and other groups.

Adaptability Lecture Recording

2021-22 THEME

Read the Anthology

We experience adaptability in many ways. Change can happen quickly, and we may have to adapt to new circumstances unexpectedly, like many of us did at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other times, we can accept change and adapt more slowly, like new students transitioning to college life, graduates starting their careers, or life-long learners encountering different cultures. In being adaptable, we learn from and support one another, and our flexibility provides new opportunities to further ourselves. Change is inevitable. How will you adapt?

This year’s theme of Adaptability was nominated by Hannah C. Lyons, Class of 2020.

Anthology Cover Art