Faculty & Staff Resources

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Common Reading, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (2017). Thomas’ best-selling novel asks readers to explore race and police brutality through the eyes of Staff Carter. We follow Staff as she navigates the contrasting worlds of her predominantly black, low income neighborhood and her predominantly white, affluent prep school. Upon witnessing her friend’s death after being shot by a police officer, Staff finds her community – and herself – at the center of national and local crisis about racialized violence. While Staff is the only witness to what happened that night, her decision to speak or stay silent involves a complex set of choices that has the potential to divide her community and put her own life at risk.

The Common Reading will take place on Friday, August 23, beginning at 9:00am and will last approximately 120 minutes. Faculty and staff facilitators will lead a thoughtfully-designed discussion for one group of approximately 20-30 incoming students utilizing techniques from Intentional Dialogue training.

With this year’s Common Reading, we have deliberately chosen to align a long-standing campus program with institutional priorities for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to meet the needs of our students. In doing so, the structure of Common Reading will be very different from previous years; thus, each facilitator will be required to complete both Intentional Dialogue and Common Reading Facilitation Training. These trainings will be essential for leading this year’s Common Reading. As important, it will provide you with the opportunity to refine your own pedagogical practices, perhaps prompting a deeper examination of what you teach, how you teach, and for whom you teach.

The Common Reading program is an outstanding and rewarding opportunity for faculty and staff members to help introduce students to academic life early in their TCU careers, and to welcome them into the Horned Frog community. Those interested in facilitating should complete the form at the bottom of the page.

We hope you will participate in this valuable experience by serving as a discussion facilitator. Please note that space is limited for this program, and we may not be able to accommodate all requests to volunteer.

Please contact commonreading@tcu.edu if you have any questions or concerns, or would like more information about the Common Reading program at TCU.



Suggestions for the Future

The committee would love your suggestions for future Common Reading titles.  Please submit your recommendation and explanation as to why it should be considered to commonreading@tcu.edu.  The TCU Common Reading Committee meets in early fall to begin the process of title selection for the following summer.