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KU Common Book Announced for the 2016-17 School Year

On Tuesday March Eight the University of Kansas announced the 2016-2017 KU Common Book. The Committee selected Between the World and Me by author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

“The selection of ‘Between the World and Me’ as the KU Common Book is a timely and appropriate one in the context of the ongoing conversation about diversity and equality across the nation and on our campuses,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “The Common Book program has always enabled our community to address challenging topics, and this year’s selection is no exception.”

The deciscion behind the book came from the opportunities to be able to bring up conversations of inclusion and acceptance during these common book discussions.

“What we really try to focus on is what is the right choice for the university of Kansas,” said the Associate Director of Academic Programs, Howard Graham.

Spie-chartome students however believe that the books are more of a waste of time unless required by a class. This appears to be a common theme among students according to a recent Facebook poll.


“If I needed to do it for a class I would have read it but if not, I would rather pick my own reading,” said Dan Sparacino a freshman at the university.

Other students also have thoughts on ways that the KU Common Book program could be improved.


“I think it should be voluntary instead of mandatory,” said Eliza Hemmer, a junior at KU. “For my class we went to see the author  speak.”

Some of these issues are known by the university and are things they are trying to improve upon.

“We’ve learned that we need to continuously and constantly support students over the summer when we ask them to go home,” said Graham

The University also places a reading guide in the back of the book to help students over the summer. This is the fifth year which KU has done the KU Common Book Program.