frequently asked questions

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1. What is the Common Reading Experience?

The University of Kentucky's Common Reading Experience is a collaborative effort between Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, and New Student and Parent Programs to engage the new UK students in a common intellectual experience. Each year first-year students will read a common book and participate in year-long programming which focuses on the book's themes and issues. For more information, visit the About the CRE page.

2. Why did the Selection Committee choose this book?

The Common Reading Book Selection Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who evaluate numerous books prior to making a selection each year. Book recommendations are evaluated for possible selection based on several criteria. The book should:

  1. Be intellectually stimulating in order to stretch students' minds and encourage students to think about issues they might not have before. Selected books should be at least a bit over the students' heads but not beyond reach
  2. Be enjoyable, engaging, relatively short, and easy to read
  3. Provoke interesting discussion
  4. Addresses a theme/topic that can be made applicable to a wide range of students
  5. Be unlikely to have been read by students in high school
  6. Be relevant to first-year students, the institutional mission, campus initiatives, the current society, and/or the local community
  7. Provide possibilities for additional programming

3. How can I recommend a book?

Please visit our "recommend a book" tab to recommend a book for the 2016-17 Common Reading Experience.

4. How can I be involved in the Common Reading Experience?

First-years - Read the book! Attend your K Week K Team meeting on Tuesday, August 26. and bring your QLC! Then attend events all year long which will allow you to delve deeper into the book while reflecting on your personal collegiate experience.

Upperclassmen - Apply for K Crew! As a member of K Crew you'll not only be able to participate in all the fun events of K Week, but you'll also get to lead the small-group discussions for the Common Reading Experience. Also, check out all the fun Common Reading Experience events throughout the year.

Faculty & Staff - Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the CRE Selection and/or CRE Programming Committees. Faculty are also encouraged to incorporate the book into their classes. You can email for more information.

5. How do I get the book?

New students will receive a FREE copy of the book during their advising conferences. Faculty who choose to use the book in their classes may request a free copy by emailing Other students, faculty, and staff who wish to read the book may purchase it at the UK Bookstore or online.

6. When will the discussion groups be held?

Small group discussions about the CRE will be held during K Week, on August 26, 2014. For more information, visit the K Week website.

7. Do I have to read the book?

It is expected that you read the book and attend your K Week K Team meeting on Tuesday, August 26. The Common Reading Experience is meant to be an introduction to academic life at UK. Not only will you enjoy a common academic experience with the campus community, but you'll get to connect with each other before classes even start. The program will prepare you for what to expect in some collegiate classes, while allowing you to learn from your peers. You do not want to be the one to miss out on this great introductory experience.

8. What do I need to bring to the discussion group?

Bring your copy of the book and your QLC. It's always great to remember a pen, just in case you want to jot down some notes.