Common Reading

Welcome to TCU! Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by world-class faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into the TCU learning community.

2021 Common Reading

Common Reading 2021
Student Assignment

Dear Horned Frogs:

Welcome to TCU!  Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by world-class faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into the TCU learning community. It also provides a point of unity amid the rich diversity of the incoming class. We hope this book will spark meaningful conversations and create bonds that will last throughout your time at TCU and beyond.

This year’s selection is, March trilogy (2016) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. March, a graphic novel with illustrations by Nate Powell, shares the story of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. This series, rooted in Lewis’ personal story, reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement and brings the lessons of history to life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

This year’s Common Reading Program is part of TCU’s welcome week, Frogs First. On Friday, August 20, incoming students will participate in Common Reading discussion groups with TCU faculty and staff. In preparation for the discussion groups, we ask that you write a brief essay reflecting on one of the prompts listed below. Your essay should be about 400–500 words long. You may turn this essay in through the Common Reading website (www.commonreading.tcu.edu) any time before August 13.

Essay Prompts:

  1. What does the title March suggest to you? How do the actions of Lewis and his colleagues in the civil rights movement relate to the various connotations of the word “march”?
  2. Describe how the events portrayed in March relate to your life today. How might your life be different today if the events in March had not occurred? How would society in general look today if the events in March had not occurred?
  3. Think of an issue for which you would be willing to take a stand. What would taking a stand for this issue look like for you? What would you be willing to risk? Compare and contrast the strategies used by the characters in March with your chosen approach.
  4. How does March portray the civil rights movement as a continuation of American values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? If you perceive that it does not, please explain.

If you have any questions about the Common Reading Program, please feel free to email us at commonreading@tcu.edu. We look forward to welcoming you to campus in the fall!

Lavonne Adams
Associate Professor
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Tara McWhorter
Director, First Year Experience
Student Development Services

TCU Common Reading Committee Co-Chairs


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Faculty/Staff Information

Discussion Leader Sign-Up

Are you excited about our 2021 Common Reading selection, March? Complete the form below to volunteer to be a discussion leader.

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Invitation to All Faculty/Staff

Greetings!

We are writing to invite TCU faculty and staff members to serve as discussion leaders for the 2021 Common Reading, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March trilogy (2016). March, a graphic novel with illustrations by Nate Powell, shares the story of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. This series, rooted in Lewis’ personal story, reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement and brings the lessons of history to life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

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

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 volunteering should complete the form at the Common Reading website, www.commonreading.tcu.edu (direct link to volunteer form here). To support preparation for a rich, engaging Common Reading discussion, we ask that you participate in one of the following trainings. More information about the trainings will be available at a later date.

Participate in one of the following Facilitation Training sessions:

Tuesday, August 10, 9:00-11:00am
Wednesday, August 11, 3:00-5:00pm
Tuesday, August 17, 2:00-4:00pm

We will host trainings in-person in the Dee J Kelly Center, however; due to the limited capacity we will have a Zoom option available. We will also record a session for those that may be unable to attend on the dates listed.

In addition to the above training, if you agree to participate, we will provide you with a copy of the books and a brief study guide. As a token of our appreciation, we offer a small stipend ($100) for participation in this important event in TCU academic life.

We hope you will participate in this valuable experience by serving as a discussion leader.  Please note that space is limited for this program, and we may not be able to accommodate all requests to volunteer. Please feel free to contact commonreading@tcu.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Lavonne Adams                                     Tara McWhorter
Associate Professor of Nursing           Director, First Year Experience
Harris College of Nursing                     Student Development Services

Co-Chairs
2021 TCU Common Reading Committee

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.