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Common Read Initiative: Get Started

Common Read Initiative

The Mines Common Read 2018 is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore 

Incoming first-year and transfer students will join the Mines’ student body in reading The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore as part of the Common Read Initiative.
The Other Wes Moore, included on the bestseller lists of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, tells the true story of two men who share a name and a difficult childhood in Baltimore. Despite similarities in their early lives, one Wes Moore becomes a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, and successful business leader, while the other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence in jail for murder. These parallel lives allow readers to explore themes of identity, power, privilege, and justice.
The Common Read Initiative provides an opportunity for incoming students to engage with each other, faculty members, and their peers around the common text. By creating a common intellectual experience, the Initiative fosters a sense of community by embracing Mines’ core values and facilitating important, interdisciplinary dialogues on campus.
The Other Wes Moore was chosen through a collaborative selection process involving students, faculty, and staff. All students are encouraged to read the book and conversations about its themes will be integrated into CSM101 classes. Copies of the book are available at the student bookstore, Arthur Lakes Library, and Jefferson County Library. Stay tuned for giveaways, events, and discussions to come during the 2018-2019 school year.
Departments, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to reach out to Polina Mareyassich ( regarding partnerships and collaborations with the Common Read Initiative.

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​Polina Mareyassich​ | Common Read Coordinator

Jessica Keefer​​ | New Student and Transition Services