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Common Read

Tell us what you think about the common read in the Common Read Survey!

Complete this survey by August 21, 2014 to submit your thoughts on this year's book, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Submissions received by August 21, 2014 will be considered for one of five $250 scholarships.

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Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do

The University of Cincinnati is excited to announce that it has chosen Michael Sandel's Justice: What's the Right thing to Do as the first-year common reading book for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Justice asks us to reflect on the ethical principles that guide our daily lives and therefore allows us to engage in dialogue that encourages understanding the many sides of an issue.  In addition, the book correlates well with the Bearcat Bond, UC's honor pledge, which states:

As a member of the University of Cincinnati, I will uphold the principles for a Just Community and the values of respect, responsibility, and inclusiveness.  I will promote the highest levels of personal and academic honesty and aspire continuously to better myself, the Bearcat community, and the world.

The common reading program creates a common academic experience and dialogue for all participants--first-year students, faculty, and staff. Programming around topics raised in the common book helps students realize the scope and quality of the work underway at the University of Cincinnati. 

What is the Common Reading Program? 

The goals of the common reading program are to:

·         model intellectual engagement by setting high expectations of participation (both reading and discourse)

·         foster educationally purposeful in-class and out-of-class experiences

·         create engagement opportunities among faculty, students, and staff

·         develop a sense of community