In 2000, LaGuardia added the “common
reading” to the First Year Experience program. The goals
of having a common reading, a practice used by many colleges and
universities, are to establish a greater sense of community among
students and to provide an introduction to intellectual life at
the college. To help students through the reading, and to provide
a faculty forum for sharing ideas and activities, LaGuardia faculty
developed websites including instructional materials, suggestions
for activities, reading guides, and more.
The common reading website
content is designed by a different faculty member or faculty team each year. Faculty
site creators include: Jane Selden and Mary Fjeldstad (Having
Our Say), J. Elizabeth Clark and Arthur Lau (When I Was
Puerto Rican), Jane Holzka (West of Kabul, East of New
York), Will Koolsbergen (The Laramie Project), Evelyn Burg and Patti Juza (Maus), George McCormack (Nickle and Dimed), Ximena Gallardo (An Inconvenient Truth), Stafford Gregoire (A Lesson Before Dying), Susan Bernstein and Ros Orgel (Dreams from My Father), and Janet Michello and Alex De Laszlo (Fast Food Nation). We are grateful to the many faculty from a wide variety of disciplines who have contributed materials they've developed and shared each year for using the Common Reading as a means to engage students.
LaGuardia's Library faculty, including Steve Ovadia, Alexandra Rojas, Catherine Stern, Marie Spina, Alex de Laslo, Louise Fluk, Albert Neal, and Ann Maatsuuchi have played a crucial role in helping to research, develop and vet materials for the Common Reading sites.
Center staff have collaborated closely with faculty on the content
and technical aspects of each site. Ali Abdallah, Pedagogy and Technology Associate Manager, has been the Center's
lead designer for the majority of the Common Reading sites. The An Inconvenient Truth was designed by Priscilla Stadler with assistance from Ali Abdallah, and the When I Was Puerto Rican site was designed
by Abby Schoneboom.
2011-12The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 2010-11Fast Food Nation
2009-10Dreams from My Father
2008-09A Lesson Before Dying
2007-08An Inconvenient Truth
2006-07Nickle and Dimed
2004-05The Laramie Project
2003-04West of Kabul, East of New York
2002-03When I Was Puerto Rican
2001-02Having Our Say