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Common Book Program

The El Centro Common Book program is meant to be a co-curricular interdisciplinary project that engages the students, employees, and greater community in the collective experience of reading and discussing a common text.     

Get Involved:

Each spring we distribute FREE copies to students. Students can pick up a copy in such places as the library, the Office of Student Life, and the Learning Center. We encourage faculty to obtain a personal copy so they can read the book and get involved. Don't be a spectator! Think critically and engage in the college community. Get a copy and start reading!

Check out our upcoming events below.

Honors Option:

Students, inquire with your instructor about the Honors option in your course. They may have assignments centered around the Common Book that you can complete for Honors credit. Discretion is up to the Professor.

Professors, consider using the common book as a component of your Honors option, in your course.

Literacy Link Student Learning Outcomes :

  1. Encourage cross-curricular critical reading while supporting and enhancing academic writing skills.
  2.  Via a common text, provide a platform that encourages community involvement and promotes both acclimation to and cross-curricular engagement with El Centro College campus life.

Congressman John LewisSpring 2020 Common Book: The March

The March trilogy is an autobiographical black and white graphic novel trilogy about the Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis (pictured on the right). The series is written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell.

Events – Spring 2020

Common Book Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, February 25th from 11am-1pm in the Student Center

Come and pick up a copy of this year's Common Book, March: Book One, and learn about its author, Congressman John Lewis, as well as this year's speaker, Minnijean Brown-Trickey.

What Would You Fight For?
Wednesday, March 11th from 12-2pm in the Student Center

Learn about protests and resistance movements throughout American history, and tell us what you would fight for or stand up against. Make sure to pick up your copy of March: Book One by John Lewis.

Common Book Culminating Event with Minnijean Brown-Trickey
Tuesday, April 14th from 11am-12pm in the Performance Hall
Keynote Address: "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Civil Rights and Education"
Tuesday, April 14th from 2pm-3:30pm in the Performance Hall
Informal Meet and Greet/Question and Answer Session


El Centro Literacy Link Committee:

Joselyn Gonzalez                                  Samantha Schulze
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