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Welcome to the Common Reading Experience

For the 2018-19 Academic Year, the Common Reading Experience is taking a hiatus. While we will have no shared book or visiting author this year, we hope you will stay tuned for future developments. In the meantime, we wish you many exciting adventures in reading this year, and thank you for your support and interest in the CRE over the years.


Our goal is to provide an avenue for discussion among students, faculty, administration, and members of the Durango community. We hope that the ideas in the selected book will generate discussion and writing in a variety of disciplines and will allow students to see these ideas come alive on campus. It provides a relatively easy way to begin a more rigorous discussion of the book’s ideas, with faculty adding more and more academic and difficult texts to the curriculum.  

There are several ways that you can engage with ideas in the book:

  • The author visits campus and meets students, faculty and staff
  • There will be a lecture by the author that is open to the public
  • Faculty can include the book in their curriculum
  • There are often multiple events on campus that feature themes from the book. These include:
    • Exhibits in the Center for Southwest Studies
    • Theatre Department productions
    • Art installations
    • Concerts