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Common Read

Common Read. College: what it was, is, and should be.

Armstrong’s Common Read text for the 2013 - 2014 academic year is College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco. In his award-winning book, prominent cultural critic Delbanco defends the traditional four-year college experience, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. “In arguing for what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise.” He also criticizes the “narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential” and “mounts a vigorous defense of a broadly humanistic education for all.” (Princeton University Press, 8/11/2013)

Read along to inform your opinion and enhance your world view on this important topic.

Upcoming Event


College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Author Presentation by Andrew Delbanco
Wednesday, February 26 | noon-1:30 p.m. | Student Union Ballrooms

Past Events


College: The Armstrong Context

Monday, October 28 | noon-1:30 p.m. | Ogeechee Theater

“A History of Higher Education in Three Questions”
Annie Mendenhall, Languages, Literature & Philosophy

“Armstrong and the Changing Character of Higher Education”
Janet Stone, History Professor Emeritus



College: What It Could Be—TED Talks and Panel Discussions

“Changing Education Paradigms”
Thursday, November 14 | noon-1:30 p.m. | Ogeechee Theater

“Four Pillars of College Success in Math & Science”
Thursday, February 13 | noon-1:30 p.m. | Ogeechee Theater

Common Read Events Poster pdf

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