Common Experience Summer Reading
The Duke Summer Reading program is designed to introduce students to the academic climate at Duke University and to encourage discussion and intellectual dialogue among undergraduate students. The program was initiated during the 2001-2002 academic year from conversations between representatives from the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Office for Institutional Equity, and the Division of Student Affairs. The program is coordinated by the New Student & Family Programs Office in the Division of Student Affairs with significant involvement from the President’s Office, the Office of Undergraduate Education, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Duke student body.
We are currently reviewing nominations. Please submit any nominations for the Duke Common Experience by Tuesday, January 18.
The Class of 2026 Common Experience will be announced in spring 2022.
- To enrich the intellectual life of students.
- To promote a shared/common experience among first-year students.
- To prompt stimulating debate and lively discussion outside of the classroom.
- To foster interaction between and among peers.
Check the list below to see what each class year has read as their Summer Read.
2025: Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid
2024: Know My Name, Chanel Miller
2023: There There, Tommy Orange
2022: Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
2021: The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Richard Blanco
2020: Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
2019: Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
2018: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2017: Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
2016: State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
2015: Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
2014: Everything Matters, Ron Currie, Jr.
2013: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
2012: What is the What, David Eggers
2011: Best of Enemies, Osha Gray Davidson
2010: My Sister's Keeper, Judy Picoult
2009: Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
2008: Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder
2007: Savage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol
2006: The Palace Thief, Ethan Canin