Common Reading

2013-2014 Common Reading

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games 
by Susanne Collins

Written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.

The power of a “common read” is that it can create community and kinship between people from different backgrounds and sets of interests. Your professors will be able to add levels of meaning and depth to the text allowing students to explore a familiar book in new contexts. There are many ways to connect the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, to our SAGA* theme of environment and sustainability.

During the year, you can look forward to being part of a “district” with physical, intellectual and other competitions. You’ll be able to help your district earn points as you learn about the various support offices on campus (i.e., Student Solutions, Career Center) and while attending special lectures, service activities, athletic events, and field trips throughout the fall semester.

Students will receive their copy of The Hunger Games during Orientation.

Schedule of Events

See District Standings »

Thursday, August 22  
6:00 - 7:55 p.m.

Competition 1:
Amazing Race Florida Southern

Thursday, August 28
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Branscomb 202, 201

Academic Connection:
Professor William Allen

Sunday, September 1
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Competition 2:
Faculty Catch Fire and then the movie

Thursday September 5
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Thrift Alumni Room

Competition 3:
Trivia Pursuit

Thursday, September 12
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
CH 109 (the Moc Theatre)

Academic Connection:
Professor Mary Pharr

Saturday, October 5 
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Mr. George’s Green

Competition 5: 
Obstacle course

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Student Awareness Generates Action (SAGA)

For the academic years 2012-2014, civilization and environment will be the focus of our community. This theme will reoccur in classes, common-reading assignments, and Student Government Association and residence life activities.

Contact Us

For questions about the first year common reading program contact Dr. Mary Crowe at