Common Reading 2020-2021

Listen. Learn. Act.

UO Common Reading’s theme for 2020-2021 is Listen. Learn. Act. This theme is dedicated to listening to and learning about Blackness and Black experience. The intent is to address historical contexts for racism and biased policies in order to construct more inclusive and viable futures for marginalized people. We look forward to having the opportunity to connect incoming first-year students with the rest of the UO community through conversations, storytelling, and a variety of events throughout the year. We will jump into this experience together by dividing the theme into three segments by term, each focused on a different body of work. Fall term is dedicated to listening and focuses on The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, an audio, visual, and written piece developed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in 2019.

Connect with us on social media and take the course survey if you plan to teach with UO Common Reading materials!

Thank you to those who have partnered with us to help make this program a success:

Office of the Provost, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Black Cultural Center, Multicultural Center, Black Studies Minor, UOTeach, First Year Interest Groups, UO Libraries, Residence Life, Black Strategies Group, Native American Strategies Group, Clark Honors College, UO Advancement, Teaching Engagement Program, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Inclusive Pedagogies Research Interest Group, Environmental Studies, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Office of Sustainability, Student Sustainability Center, Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, Springfield Public Library, Undergraduate Education and Student Success, Career Center