The Common Read Experience

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 be involved in the Common Read?

7 Reasons for Incoming Students to Join the Common Read Experience

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.

2024 Book selection

2024 Common Read book will be announced in June!

Most new first-year students will receive their printed copy of this book during summer orientation . 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 2028, 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.

Common Read Events

Contact information

Students with questions should email their collegiate professor/faculty-in-residence:

Common Read Experience steering committee:

  • Megan Benson, lead instruction and outreach librarian
  • 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

Submit a question

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.