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Common Read: The Circle

About the Common Read Program

The Summer Common Reading Program at Ohio Northern University is your first college assignment--an introduction to the habits of the mind and heart that will continue to be developed throughout your ONU experience. As a first-year student, you are asked to read a book over the summer months prior to arriving on campus, to reflect on a series of thought-provoking questions, and to actively participate in small, faculty-led group discussions as part of the Welcome Weekend and Convocation in August. By engaging in the common reading and orientation discussions, you will begin to develop the skills of critical thinking and effective communication that are fundamental to your college education. 

The summer reading helps to provide a common experience and sense of community for students transitioning to college life at ONU. An essential part of the orientation process, the summer reading and discussions are an important foundation for academic success at Ohio Northern University.

2017 Book - The Circle by Dave Eggers

A group of first-year students, faculty and staff at ONU have selected The Circle, by Dave Eggers, as our Summer Common Reading for 2017. Hear from some of the students who participated in the book selection:

  • "Indicative of our Future??? This book presents one possibility that may arise based on our current trends in technology."
    • Bryan Peck, rising sophomore in Electrical Engineering
  • "The Circle brings up many issues surrounding our personal lives, technology, and privacy within the realm of today's social media."
    • Maybeth James, rising P2 in the College of Pharmacy