JSU Reads... A Common Reading Program

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“By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation – reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive”

--Dave Isay, Founder of StoryCorp

StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization that believes personal stories strengthen our bonds, teach valuable lessons, and bind generations together. Through a series of interviews, readers discover the stories that unite us in the human experience.

Whether it is husband and wife, parent and child, two friends, or an interviewee and a facilitator, the stories that emerge bring to light struggles, heartbreak, triumph, joy, and perseverance. Participants in the StoryCorps project share stories of surviving the Holocaust, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. They tell stories of finding strength and beauty in everyday life.

Stories are recorded using the permanent recording booth in New York City, pop up recording sites, or the StoryCorp app. These stories are then submitted to the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, where they are cataloged and become part of a permanent collection of our country’s oral history. Stories are also available to everyone at storycorps.org. At JSU this year, we are excited to add our own stories to this project.

Students will study and discuss the Common Reading Program book in English Composition and First-Year Student Experience courses. The goals of JSU Reads: A Common Reading Program are to unite first-year students and to promote thought and action on a variety of relevant issues by reading a common text during the first semester of college. In conjunction with this year’s selection, students will also enjoy a wide variety of events, including speakers, presentations, and service projects.