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First Year Experience: 2022 Common Read

Helpful information and links for students in the FYE 100 course.

The annual Common Read program has a long history at Defiance College as a cross-campus, multidisciplinary experience that connects students and faculty in a shared intellectual experience, inspiring curiosity and sparking conversation. We engage with meaningful texts of our time and provide a space for discourse in the FYE 100 course. 

Common Reads of the past few years:

2016 The Other Wes Moore  by Wes Moore
2017 Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas
2018 Prisoner of Her Past by Howard Reich
2019 Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nyugyen
2020 Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen
2021 What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
2022 The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel by Howard Reich

Video Interview of Howard Reich

2022 FYE 100 - COMMON READ


Howard was born in Chicago and at age 10 moved with his family to Skokie, a northern suburb that was a nexus of Holocaust survivors, like his parents. At age 16, Howard happened on the film “An American in Paris” and instantly became obsessed with music. By 18 he was a piano performance major at Northwestern, and at 22 he began freelancing articles on music for the Chicago Daily News. The next year he started contributing arts coverage to the Chicago Tribune, where he was hired full time in 1983 and spent his entire newspaper career. Howard’s stories took him to London, Paris, Warsaw, Vienna, Moscow, Munich, Prague, Havana, Panama and other locales, as well as deep into one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world: Chicago. After 30 years of serving as the Tribune’s jazz critic, Howard also was appointed the newspaper’s classical and opera critic. He retired from the newspaper in 2021. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with Pam Becker, his wife, a retired Tribune editor.

Howard has received two honorary doctorate degrees; an Emmy Award; a Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Studies; two Deems Taylor Awards from ASCAP; the Bravo Award from Dominican University; an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University’s Alumni Association; an Anne Keegan Award and eight Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society for Professional Journalists; four Jones-Beck Awards from the Chicago Tribune; the Chicago Journalist of the Year Award and three Sarah Brown Boyden Awards from the Chicago Journalists Association; and an Award of Excellence from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, among others.

Howard Reich will be meeting with  Defiance College's  FYE 100 students on Tuesday October 25, 2022 @7pm in the Schomburg Auditorium.*

Lectureship is generously supported by the Ralph and Lorna Peters Lectureship and the E.S. Dix Lectureship.

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