Common Reader

About the Program

UHCL's Common Reader Program is an extension of the First-Year Seminar Program. The program, which began in fall 2014, aims to foster critical thinking and discussion around important social concepts such as race, gender, class, and citizenship. A committee of students, staff, and faculty from all four colleges select the text that is studied throughout the academic year and plan events inspired by it.

As citizens of the Clear Lake area, we believe UHCL's educational reach goes beyond entrances of the campus proper. We hope community members will gain a true feeling of being a part of a vibrant intellectual conversation with their UHCL community members.

UHCL Common Reader Program Learning Objectives:

  • To strengthen the academic community and creating opportunities for intellectual engagement and critical thinking;
  • To encourage depth in learning through carefully selected common readings that pose multiple or differing perspectives and questions;
  • To establish a stimulating environment that is both informal and structured, setting a tone for engagement among our faculty, staff, students, and community.

The Big Reveal of the AY 2021-22 Reader Selection

Colorful text appears over Hunter the Hawk dancing in front of the UHCL letters. What will UHCL read this year? Will it be... The Vanishing Half, A Native Country of the Heart, Becoming Nicole? The titles disappear until only Becoming Nicole remains. Check out the Common Reader Program’s 2021-2022 Events at Facebook: @UHCLRP, Twitter: @UHCLVoices, Instagram: @UHCLCommonReader

Academic Year 2021-22 Reader Selection

"Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family" by Amy Ellis Nutt

Join the Common Reader Program this year in reading Amy Ellis Nutt's Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family (2015). Part coming-of-age portrait and part courtroom drama, Nutt traces the true story of young transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her battle to win a landmark discrimination lawsuit. In the process, Nutt illuminates LGBTQ+ communities and their allies' long-standing efforts to uproot cultural and institutionalized barriers to gender and sexual equality.

Please contact the planning committee chair, Dr. Anne Gessler, at Gessler@uhcl.edu, for information on participation in these events.

Becoming Nicole book cover

 

  • Summer 2021 Schedule of Events        
  • July 7 Wednesday Virtual; 12-1pm

    Faculty and Staff Book Club

    Interdisciplinary analysis and discussion (Zoom Link)

    Meeting ID: 995 6481 8718
    Passcode: BookClub

    Attendees will receive their own copy of Amy Ellis Nutt's "Becoming Nicole" (2015).

    Please email Anne Gessler at gessler@uhcl.edu for details. If interested, please include an address where we should send your book.

    This program is provided in partnership with the Center for Faculty Development

  • August 4 Wednesday Virtual; 12-1pm

    Faculty and Staff Book Club

    Incorporating "Becoming Nicole" and Common Reader programming into your lessons (Zoom link)

    Meeting ID: 995 6481 8718
    Passcode: BookClub

    Attendees will receive their own copy of Amy Ellis Nutt's "Becoming Nicole" (2015).

    Please email Anne Gessler at gessler@uhcl.edu for details. If interested, please include an address where we should send your book.

    This program is provided in partnership with the Center for Faculty Development

Special Accommodations

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate should contact Dr. Anne Gessler at 281-283-3471 or Gessler@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.