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AUM Connected: Common Reading Program

The 2016-17 Common Reading Book





Click here for a video about the book made by AUM students!

The Faculty Teaching Guide will soon be available on CELT's AUMnet page.

Fall 2016 AUM Connected Events

August 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.,  Zombie Bash!, Taylor Center 230. Free pizza, door prizes, and a showing of Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult and John Malkovich.

And many more events to be announced soon. Check back later!

Social Media
: AUM Connected has a Facebook Page (AUM Connected Common Reading Program), and a Twitter account @AUMConnected. We encourage the campus to use the hashtag #warhawkbook in their social media posts.

“Picture Me Reading” Contest: Take a picture of yourself reading The Dinner by Herman Koch, and you could win a prize! Photos may be taken in any setting, but must be tasteful and appropriate for posting on our Facebook page. Be creative! We will post all photos as they are received and the deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Please email all photo submissions to Dr. Lee A. Farrow at Winners will be determined by the AUM Connected committee and the number of “likes” received.

AUM Connected History and Goals

In 2012, Auburn University at Montgomery initiated its first Common Reading Program with the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The program included campus-wide discussions, lectures, and even a field trip for AUM students to the Legacy Museum at Tuskegee Institute. Now, in its fifth year, the AUM Common Reading Program, “AUM Connected,” has selected The Dinner by Herman Koch for the 2016-2017 academic year. All incoming freshman will be required to read The Dinner in their UNIV 1000 courses, but upperclassmen (and women) are encouraged to participate as well. The goals of AUM Connected are:

1) to engage students in a common academic and social experience that helps to create a sense of connection to the university and to faculty and peers through a new campus tradition

2) to introduce students to college-level discussion in a non-threatening setting and to demonstrate the relevance of participating in an academic experience outside of class

3) to provide students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community with opportunities to interact in meaningful conversations relating to contemporary social and cultural issues

Selection Process

In September of each year, the AUM Connected committee seeks nominations from the campus, including faculty, staff, and students. The committee asks that the nominators consider the following elements: 1) availability – A nominated book must be in print, in paperback and digital formats, and it should be something that students are unlikely to have read in high school, and unlikely to read in basic college classes; 2) engaging and accessible – A nominated book must be of reasonable length (no more than 350 pp.), and appeal to a wide range of students and disciplines; 3) good writing – A nominated book must demonstrate good writing; 4) relevance – A nominated book must have themes that are relevant to students and can evoke meaningful discussions of social and cultural issues; and, 5) potential for year-long programming. The committee then carefully reviews all nominated books and narrows the list to no more than six possible selections. This list is then put forward for a campus-wide vote in January.

For more information about AUM Connected, please contact Ms. Danitra Tolbert at 244-3525 or