Common Reading Program 2018

The Common Reading Program gives all incoming first-year and transfer students a shared intellectual experience and an opportunity to reflect on civic life and engagement as a member of the Tufts community. Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff selects a book for all incoming Jumbos to read. The goal is to foster conversation and engender a sense of community to help ease the transition to college life. The program is co-sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, which is committed to helping every Tufts student nurture a civic life. Tisch College offers multiple opportunities to develop and practice civic skills, guided by a belief in the power of young people to build a better future.

Common Reading 2018

Copies of Killers of the Flower Moon will be mailed to all incoming undergraduate students in mid-June. Keep an eye on your mailbox -- and get ready to enjoy the Common Read!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

David GrannThe 2018 Common Read, Killers of the Flower Moon, was one of the top non-fiction books of 2017 and documents a series of murders in Osage County, OK after the discovery of oil in the 1920s. David Grann chronicles the deaths of at least 20 wealthy Osage native Americans, offers detailed evidence tying the murders to cattleman William Hale, and explores how the investigation of the incidents shaped the FBI. A masterful work of narrative non-fiction, the book presents years of research while uncovering a series of shocking secrets. It is also a clear indictment of the prejudice that exists against native Americans, both in the early 20th century and today.

Questions about the program?

Contact Robert Mack, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Dean for Student Success and Advising.

Previous Selections Have Included

  • The Outrage Industry (by Professors Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj)
  • Lives in Limbo (by Roberto G. Gonzales)
  • Acts of Faith (by Eboo Patel)
  • The Other Wes Moore (by Wes Moore)
  • Whistling Vivaldi (by Claude Steele)
  • Zeitoun (by Dave Eggers)
  • This I Believe (edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gedimen)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains (by Tracy Kidder)
  • All Souls (by Michael Patrick MacDonald)
  • The Blue Death (by Robert Morris)
  • Brother, I'm Dying (by Edwidge Danticat)
  • The Story of Stuff (by Annie Leonard)