About the Program

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Michigan Engineering Common Reading Experience

In 2013, the U-M College of Engineering launched an exciting new Common Reading Experience for all incoming first-year students, and has been the tradition ever since. This year, all incoming first-year students will be provided a copy of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah to read over the summer. We are excited to provide the book free of charge. Each student should read the book during the summer months in preparation for arrival on campus during Welcome Week in September. During the Fall, students would be involved in small group discussions, as well as numerous Common Reading Experience Events throughout the semester. Discussion groups will be assigned in late August. Students will receive an email indicating their assigned small group discussion time. Other events will be advertised throughout the year.


Common Reading Experience Books

  • 2021: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • 2019 & 2020: Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of the Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen
  • 2017 & 2018: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2016: Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
  • 2014 & 2015: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • 2013: The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli