The shared common reader is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with your fellow students and to begin to share in the intellectual life of the entire UD community. The book is read before arriving on campus with speakers, films, and other cultural events, organized around the theme of the book throughout your first semester.
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When...read more
The Underground Railroad Wins the Pulitzer Prize Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom Begin your intellectual...read more
Colson Whitehead on Campus Tuesday October 3, 2017 Colson Whitehead will visit the University of Delaware on Tuesday, October 3rd. More details to come… Begin your intellectual...read more
Open to All First Year Students Discuss how you see the similarities and differences in the perception and treatment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and of Muslim Americans following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and current events...read more
Julie Otsuka on Campus September 21, 2016 Author Julie Otsuka will visit campus on September 21, 2016. She will speak at 4:00pm in Mitchell Hall. Begin your intellectual...read more
When the Emperor was Divine, a book by Julie Otsuka, has been selected as the University of Delaware’s 2016 First Year Common Reader program. Through the program, selected works are read by UD first year students before arriving on campus for the fall semester in...read more
2015 Common Reader Essay Contest Bryan Stevenson’s book challenges us to consider what justice truly is. In your essay, detail how Stevenson’s book has helped to shape your own view of justice and what you and your UD peers can do to uphold and protect that view. Be...read more