Common Read Experience
Binghamton University is excited to continue the Common Read Experience for all incoming first-year students. The program helps students gain new perspectives on the most important issues of our days, learn how to engage in constructive dialogue and debate, and acclimate to the intellectual life of a premier university. The Common Read also enables students to connect with the campus community through talks and programming over the summer and activities and events held throughout the fall.
Why would you want to be involved in the Common Read?
The bulk of common read programming will take place in person during B-Welcome Week and will continue throughout the fall semester, providing a chance for all new students to participate. While we hope everyone joins us, this program is highly recommended but not mandatory.
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson
For this year’s selection the Book Selection Committee, comprised of Binghamton University faculty and staff, chose All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, a curated collection of essays, poetry and art by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K. Wilkinson. It’s a timely and engaging text with diverse selections that take a solutions-oriented approach to the climate crisis, examining it from multiple perspectives. By considering All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, students will emerge from the Common Read Experience with a better understanding of the complex issues surrounding the climate crisis.
Most new first-year students will receive their printed copy of this book during orientation this summer. First-year students who attend orientation in August will be contacted by the Office of The Dean of Students to receive their book when they arrive on campus.
As you read this book over the summer along with the other members of the Class of 2027, we encourage you to reflect upon these important topics. When you arrive on campus, you will be invited to join the broader University community in discussions and programs related to it in your residential communities, your classes and many other exciting ways. Welcome to Binghamton! Your journey starts now.
For more information, visit the Penguin/Random House website.
Common Read Events
Students with questions should email their collegiate professor/faculty-in-residence:
- College-in-the-Woods: Andy Merriwether
- Dickinson Community: Sarah Bull
- Hinman College: Jay Newberry
- Mountainview College: Dana Stewart
- Newing College: John Starks
Common Read Experience steering committee:
- Megan Benson, lead instruction and outreach librarian
- Alyssa Cohen, assistant director New Student Programs
- Sean Fenty (book selection chair), director of the Writing Initiative
- Tyler Lenga, assistant director Student Transition and Success
- Pete Nardone (chair), director of The Union
- Kelli K. Smith, assistant vice president for Student Success
- Dana Stewart, collegiate professor of Mountainview
- Ryan Yarosh, senior director of media and public relations
Accommodations: Students wishing to request accommodations to ensure their equitable access and participation in the common read experience should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. The office is located in the University Union room 119, and they can be contacted at 607-777-2686.
Previous Common Reads
- 2022: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
- 2021: Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami
- 2020: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson