Common Reading Program

AUM Connected: Common Reading Program

As an incoming freshman, you will read an AUM Connected book in your UNIV 1000 course along with all other freshmen. The upperclasses are encouraged to participate as well. This "group read" will engage you in a common academic and social experience that connects you to the university, faculty, and peers through a campus tradition. It will also introduce you to college-level discussions in a non-threatening setting and include you in an academic experience outside of class. AUM Connected gives AUM students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community an opportunity to interact in meaningful conversations related to contemporary social and cultural issues.

Selection Process

Each September, the AUM Connected committee calls for nominations from the faculty, staff, and students. The committee asks that the nominators consider the following criteria:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Good writing – A nominated book must demonstrate good writing;
  • Relevance – A nominated book must have themes that are relevant to students and can evoke meaningful discussions of social and cultural issues; and,
  • 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






August 16 (Wednesday) – 11:00-1:00 - Zombie Bash – Taylor Center 230

August 29 – (Tuesday) – 6:30 – 7:30 – “Vampires in Science Fiction: Imagining the Undead” – Dr. Darren Harris-Fain, Department of English and Philosophy  - Goodwyn Hall 111

September 11 (Monday) – 12:15-1:45 – Movie “What We Do in the Shadows”  - Goodwyn Hall 109

October 10 (Tuesday) – 6:30-9:00 – Movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” with an introduction by Dr. Matthew Killmeier, Department Head, Communication and Dramatic Arts  - Library Tower East

October 11 (Wednesday) –1:00- 2:00 – “Bats: Misunderstood Creatures of the Night” – Dr. Matthew Grilliot, Department of Biology  - Library Tower East

October 17 (Tuesday) – “Dinner in the Dark” sponsored by the Center for Disability Services – location TBA

October 25 (Wednesday) – All Day – “Bite Me!” Day – WASC starting point

November 9 (Thursday) – 6:30-9:00 – Movie “Let Me In” - Goodwyn Hall 111

December 1-3 – A staged reading of Dracula by Theatre AUM