Common Reading Program


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

Fall Semester 2017

Essay Scholarship Competition

Want to earn a scholarship for spring?  Have something to say about Citizen?

Sept. 1

View the essay prompts and instructions (PDF)

Nov. 6

Essay due by 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall 208

Dec. 2

Annual Scholarship fundraiser at Barnes & Noble, St. Cloud

Common Reading Scholarship Fundraiser

Stop by any time Dec. 2 at Barnes & Noble, St. Cloud.

  • Speak with Common Reading Program staff and volunteers, noon-5 p.m.
  • Learn about the Common Reading book "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine
  • Support scholarships for first-year St. Cloud State students
  • Gift wrapping is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Use this voucher to apply your support to the scholarship

Past Events

Huskies First Four Days

Aug. 17-20, 2017

If we see you with your book during Huskies First Four Days, you can win a prize. Or tag a Twitter picture of yourself reading this summer: #HuskiesRead. We’ll reach out and you can get a free book from our stash.

First-Year Seminar Meetings

1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 2017

If you are enrolled in COLL 150, COLL 196 or COLL 197 you’ll have a chance to meet your classmates, your instructor, and your peer mentor before classes start. You may have a chance to participate in a common reading activity. Don’t worry, you won’t have to have finish the book.

Library Lawn Party

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20, 2017 

There will be games, music and food. And, you can check out the Common Reading Program freebies and enter a drawing to win free books. There will be a giveaway each half hour.

Staged Reading of "Citizen: An American Lyric"

Students, faculty and staff will see six actors from Frank Theatre Company, Minneapolis, perform an ensemble reading “that floats between dream and reality, narration and performance, and challenges its audience’s perceptions.” The reading examines ways racism pervades everyday life in America.

It will be followed by a conversation with cast and Wendy Knox, the show's artisic director.

A Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning grant generously supported taking a group of faculty and staff to see the Frank Theatre production last March, as a professional development opportunity for those teaching with the book. The sentiment they expressed repeatedly afterward was, “do you think they would come perform this for our students?” The answer was "yes." 

"Citizen: An American Lyric" is made possible by the generous support of University Program Board, University College, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, C.A.R.E. Initiative, Multicultural Resource Center, Department of Residential Life and Residence Hall Association.


Documentary Film Screening of "13th"

View a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film "13th," followed by discussion with Mary Clifford, professor of criminal justice studies.

The film explores the links between slavery, Jim Crow and criminalization, as links in a chain of racial inequalities, forged by political and economic motives.