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Common Reading Program 2014


The VCSU Common Reading Program promotes lifelong learning by engaging students, faculty, staff, and community members in an interdisciplinary scholarly discourse centered upon themes from a selected literary work.


The VCSU Common Reading Program will help instill an appreciation for the importance of reading in lifelong learning.


  • Introduce students to the practice of interpreting and responding to literary works.
  • Facilitate connections between students and faculty members prior to beginning their coursework.
  • Build a community of scholars around a common text.
  • Engage faculty, staff, students, and the community in interdisciplinary scholarly discourse upon themes from a selected literary work.
  • Encourage informed and respectful responses to diverse opinions.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet Book Cover
Quiet Book Cover 
This year students and faculty at VCSU will be reading Susan Cain’s best-selling text, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. About a third of the people we know are introverts. This book improves our understanding of the ways introversion benefits society, business, and the classroom.

A copy of the book will be given to each matriculating first-year at their orientation. Those who are unable to attend will be mailed a personal copy.

Please join the conversation as we read this book together! Follow the official Common Reading 2014 Twitter @VCSUreads, and like the Official Facebook Page for contests, updates, and other information about the program!
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