Auburn Connects! Auburns University’s Common Book program was created to provide incoming freshmen with the common experience of reading the same book along with current students, staff, faculty, and members of the Auburn community. The book is incorporated into freshman convocation, academic classes, and programming through the year including a visit by the book’s author. Students are asked to read the book prior to coming to campus in August so that they will get the most out of discussion of the book both in and out of class.
In order to be selected as the common book, a book must fullfill a minimum of one of these goals:
Promote intellectual community on campus
Help students gain a global perspective or otherwise take them outside themselves to challenge them to see the world from new perspectives
Promote a culture of service
Emphasize individual empowerment, responsibility, and the need for hard work
Help set the stage for the kind of intellectual engagement we hope students will continue throughout their Auburn careers.
Be able to be linked to several types of programming on campus during the academic year
Who selects the common book?
A committee of interested faculty, administrators, and students work together to select the book each year. We welcome all feedback about book selections of the past and future and hope you will share your opinions on the Auburn Connects! Facebook page or contact the program office at 334.844.5721.
How is the book used?
A large number of classes will integrate the book into course work and class discussions, including Freshman Year Seminars. Also, students are encouraged to participate in programming made available throughout the year including lectures, film series, activities, and a visit from the book's author. Stay up to date on events by following Auburn Connects! on Facebook and Twitter.