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Common Read 2014

WW 2014


A Distinctive Welcome, A Butler Tradition

 Butler University has a strong tradition with its common reading program. Each new, incoming class for over thirty years has read a specially selected book that introduces themes and ideas which reflect Butler's values and ideals. The book serves as a common intellectual experience for every member of the entering class, regardless of major or college. During Welcome Week, you will have the opportunity to meet with your orientation group and, along with your faculty and student orientation guides, discuss the book in-depth. The book will also be included in your First Year Seminar class as many professors choose to use it as a launching pad for written reflection and class discussion.

The Fall 2014 selection, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, celebrates an amazing organization that truly gives a voice to the voiceless. The book is full of fantastic stories from everyday people - stories that often go unheard and under-appreciated. Reading these stories will make you cry and laugh. They will impart a sense of curiosity about people and the world as you realize that every single person has an important story to tell.

First year students:  We will begin mailing the books on July 3. If you haven't received your packet by July 28, please notify the Learning Resource Center and include your name and correct mailing address. 


More About Ties That Bind

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"Only Connect..." The Goals of Liberal Arts Education ~ Show Information

An Essay by William Cronon

As you embark on reading Ties That Bind, consider, too, what it means to connect...with others, with your community and with education.  The essay, "Only Connect...": The Goals of a Liberal Education, by William Cronon, explores the value and distinction of a liberal arts foundation for a life well-lived.  It is an essay that you will be able to turn to time and again during your academic career at Butler -- because the liberal arts are the foundation upon which a Butler University degree is built.  In fact, Butler is committed to providing the highest quality education and integrating the liberal arts with professional education. In our curricular and co-curricular offerings, we create and foster a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty, and staff.  We hope that you enjoy the essay and heed its recommendations.