Common Reading Program Kicks Off at Tri-C with 'The Postmortal'
October 01, 2015
Wouldn’t it be great if every college student learned to read for pleasure? That’s the kind of dreaming you do if you’re Luke Schlueter, one of the Cuyahoga Community College faculty members who launched the Tri-C Common Reading Program this fall.
The idea first surfaced about two years ago during a casual discussion between Schlueter and Ann Proudfit, dean of student affairs at Westshore Campus. As the two waited for others to join a conference call, they brainstormed ways to increase student engagement.
“I simply love the idea of the whole college — faculty, students and anyone else — joined together reading and talking about a text that was interesting,” said Schlueter, assistant professor of English at Western Campus.
By last fall, a committee of faculty members from a variety of disciplines had agreed to participate and started homing in on the book the College would read. They looked for fiction or nonfiction that would be accessible to students at all reading levels and lend itself to activities across a variety of classes, from English to sociology to art.
This fall, about 40 faculty members have worked The Postmortal into their curriculum. Across campuses, students have taken part in discussion groups, an essay contest and screenings of a 2014 documentary film called The Immortalists, which touches on some of the same themes as Magary’s novel.
The project will be assessed for effectiveness at fostering discussion and unity. Plans will begin soon for next year’s book.