Common Reading Program


Throughout the academic year there will be events and opportunities for involvement in experiences related to the book and themes related to it. Examples of events include: faculty and community lecture series, community service opportunities and book discussions. Visit this page for ongoing updates to our schedule of events.

Past Events:

August 20-28, 2015

Let Us Catch you Reading!

Win Prizes! If we see you with your book on Welcome Weekend, you can win a prize or be entered in a drawing for a Kindle!  Or Tweet us a picture of yourself reading this summer.  #HuskiesRead

1st Year Seminar Meetings (Common Reading Program activity)

Professor Glenn Davis, chair of the English Department discusses "Dystopian Literature and Oryx & Crake."

"Dystopian Literature and Oryx & Crake"

September 10, noon

Atwood Cascade (note venue change)

Professor Glenn Davis, chair of the English Department will discuss dystopian writing from Thomas More's Utopia to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy.

Essay Scholarship Competition:

Want to earn a scholarship for spring?  Have something to say about the Oryx and Crake? Click here for guidelines to enter our essay competition!  Completed essays are due for final submission no later than Monday, November 9 at 4 pm in Centennial Hall 208.

Congratulation to the following winners of the competition:

1st Prize ($500 spring award) - Nick O'Hara

2nd Prize ($250 spring award) - Celia Mix

3rd Prize ($125 spring award) - Franklin Twumasi

4th Prize ($125 spring award) - Shayde McKay

Margaret Atwood Public Lecture/Book Signing

November 19, 2015 from 7-9:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)

Kimberly A. Ritsche Auditorium

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning Canadian author who has published fifteen novels and numerous collections of poems and short stories.  One of those novels is "Oryx and Crake," the first in her popular MaddAddam trilogy and the current selection for the Common Reading Program at St. Cloud State University.

Books will be available for purchase before and after the event.

SCSU students, faculty and staff - free with ID; Public admission - $10/person

Click here to hear the KVSC radio interview with Margaret Atwood.

Scholarship Fundraiser Book Fair at Barnes and Noble

3940 Division Street, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Friday, December 4

Click here for more details.