Common Reading

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Bartleby Goes to College

Mar 07, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Marilee Turscak |

Le Moyne College chose a story by Melville as its freshman reading assignment, citing NAS on the merits of choosing classic literature. 

Caught with Gay Books: South Carolina Punishes Colleges for Freshman Reading Choices

Mar 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

South Carolina cuts funding from college common reading programs that assign gay-themed books.

Beach Books Roundup

Sep 18, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

Join the conversation around NAS's August report Beach Books 2012-2013.

The Reader’s Progress

Aug 30, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

It's never too early to introduce students to classic reads.

HuffPost Live Discussion on Recent Books vs. Classics

Aug 30, 2013 by NAS |

Ashley Thorne appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the broader consequences of college common reading consisting almost entirely of recent books.

Readers Weigh In on Teaching the Classics

Aug 27, 2013 by NAS |

Readers respond to Ashley Thorne's analysis of common reading at American colleges and universities.

Why Are American Universities Shying Away from the Classics?

Aug 26, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

U.S. colleges increasingly view anything published before 1990 as 'inaccessible' for students. So much for timeless themes.

Not So Immortal: The Compromised Life of Common Reading Programs

Aug 20, 2013 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood on what common reading assignments say about the intellectual life of colleges.

“Common Readings” at Colleges Uncommonly Political, Scholars Find

Aug 19, 2013 NAS |

PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has released Beach Books 2012-2013, its third annual study of common reading programs at American colleges and universities.

7 More Recommended Books for College Common Reading

Jul 18, 2013 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood, Tessa Carter |

We've added seven more books to our list of recommendations for college common reading programs.

What Are Kids Reading?

Apr 09, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky writes about the low levels of reading in our schools today.

MLA Panelists Analyze Beach Books

Jan 19, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

At this year's MLA convention, academics considered the role common reading assignments have to play in the education of college students.

NAS Beach Books Reports Reflected in MLA Panel Discussion

Jan 11, 2012 by Ashley Thorne, Glenn Ricketts |

Our ongoing report on common reading is recognized at the MLA convention.

UNC Hosts Stage Adaptation of Common Book Assignment ‘Eating Animals’

Nov 30, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

This fall the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted several events related to its common reading assignment, Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer. 

Meatlessness and Sustainability, Part 1

Oct 14, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

How is vegetarianism connected to sustainability? Ashley Thorne decides to find out.

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