Common Read

Join other ACPA members in the 2018 Common Read!

The Common Read provides an opportunity for ACPA members to develop community in a technology-facilitated space while engaging with the convention experience. You do not need to be in attendance at ACPA18 in order to participate in the Common Read!

This year’s Common Read  is March, Book Three, the conclusion of an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels about Congressman John Lewis and the struggle for civil rights in the United States during the 1960s. Lewis says, “This book is for all of America. It is for all people, but especially young people, to understand the essence of the civil rights movement, to walk through the pages of history to learn about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence, to be inspired to stand up to speak out and to find a way to get in the way when they see something that is not right, not fair, not just.”

The Common Read Curriculum, to be announced in late December, will allow members to discuss issues, questions, and themes raised by March: Book Three  and their relevance to higher education and student affairs. Although this book is focused on the United States, critical topics that transcend national borders are salient.  Specifically, racism, police brutality, ideology, and power politics are explored, and challenge readers to wrestle with contemporary sensitive issues through images and text.

Do remember that March, Book Three is just one of many ways to engage with the convention experience and enhance your professional development.  We encourage ACPA members to review publications and resources by our slate of Keynote and Plenary Speakers.

Additionally, you are encouraged to read the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization (SIRJD) Caucus Syllabus.  Readings are organized developmentally, so start with the first resource and move through sequentially. Together, engagement with the Common Read, speakers’ texts, and the SIRJD syllabus will help members achieve similar foundational knowledge around social justice, decolonization, racial justice, and praxis.

We are excited to connect with you in Houston at ACPA18!