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

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Valley City State University's students, faculty, and staff will read Susan Cain’s best-selling text, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, in preparation for the 2014-2015 academic year. About a third of the people we know are introverts, yet our culture seems to give significant preference to the extroverts among us. This book improves our understanding of the ways introversion benefits society, business, and the classroom, and encourages introverts to value their unique qualities and contributions.

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. First year students are asked to complete a brief check-in activity before they arrive this fall. Programs incorporating themes and information found in Quiet will be held throughout the academic year.

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About the Common Reading Program


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.

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