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Common Read 2016- 2017 The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner: Home

Compiled by Maria Zarycky, Librarian, Instructional Media Center

The Common Read 2016- 2017 Selection


  by Chris Gardner  with Quincy Troupe. Amistad, 2006.

The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become

a crown prince of Wall Street

Chris Gardner's Top 10 Rules for Success

The Cavalry

Common Read 2016- 2017

The Common Read is part of a series of first-year experiences designed to encourage students to make connections with each other and engage with the LIU Post campus community. The Common Read book is chosen by a committee comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, and is part of the curriculum of College 101, a 13-week, one-credit course with an academic focus designed to assist first-year students in making the transition to college life. All incoming freshman will receive a copy of the book at orientation.

Each academic year the Common Read Committee chooses a work of fiction or non-fiction that:

• Addresses aspects of the human condition or experience in a way that encourages intellectual and emotional growth.
• Raises intercultural knowledge and tolerance by presenting a variety of cultural perspectives or contemporary social issues in a     way that is accessible to a diverse population of readers.
• Contains content and/or themes that encourage critical thinking.
• Captures the imagination of first-year students and draws them into reading and self-reflection.
• Introduces students to academic expectations and provides a model of serious intellectual engagement.

The Common Read Committee 2015- 2016

John Lutz, Chair of English, Committee Chair

Janessa Barrett, Success Coach
Jennifer Blanco, Student
Rachel Cloward, Health Sciences
Andrew Cronson, Student
Abby Dress, Media Arts
Nancy Frye, Psychology
Joseph Granitto, English Language Institute
Adam Grohman, Associate Dean of Students
Margaret Hallissy, English
Alexander Henderson, Health Care and Public Administration
Mellissa Hinton, Library
Daniel Lauterman, Success Coach
John O’Hare, Radiologic Technology
Arlene Peltola, Public Relations
Louis Pisha, Library
Edward Raven, Health Sciences
Susan Rock, English
Kay Sato, Director of Hutton House
Lynne Schwartz, Director of Student Counseling
Jean Anne Smith, Associate Dean of Students
Dulcie Stoepker, English
Jean Uhl, Library
Colby Valentine, Criminal Justice
Abagail Van Vlerah, Dean of Students
Louisa Vida, Chair of Special Education and Literacy
Robert Wildman, Arts Management
Cheng Zang, Chemistry
Maria Zarycky, Library

The Pursuit of Happyness with Quincy Troupe


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