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American Democracy Project

Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093


One Campus One Book


One Campus, One Book is a common reading program at UCM for the purpose of engaging all of our students and campus community in a shared, academically-driven experience. This initiative is intended to bring meaningful conversations on relevant, complex subjects beyond the classroom and into students' daily lives. The common reading program will culminate in a visit by the book's author to our campus in November.

By bringing to campus an author whose book will be included in first-year composition courses, this program will engage students with a text that addresses a contemporary social issue, encourage them to extend critical and rhetorical analysis to their lives beyond the classroom, and help them synthesize what may seem like disparate academic subjects, creating an interdisciplinary spirit of curiosity on campus.


2013: The Storytelling Animal

Jonathon Gottschall, author of the book, visited campus in November. His two presentations were attended by hundreds of members of the campus community, and concluded a semester of events and activities in which faculty, staff, and students discussed and considered his thought-provoking examination of the power and roles of the narrative.

The One Campus One Book Committee is in the process of selecting the 2014 book for UCM.

2013 Book