2019 - 2020 Common Read

Cover Image of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The AY 2019-20 Official Common Read Book Selection is 
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  

Per publisher Harper One, "Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.  His quest will lead him to riches far different--and far more satisfying--than he ever imagined.  Santiago's journal teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams".
Queensborough faculty members and their students will read The Alchemist in classes in the Spring 2020 semester, and students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities. This year’s Common Read theme is self-realization, and faculty will have the opportunity to incorporate the text in their own classes as they see fit.  Every Spring, CETL sponsors a full week of Common Read events that allow faculty and students to engage in thematically linked co-curricular activities.

Faculty may click here to request a preview copy before 8/15/19.
For additional information regarding this initiative please contact Dr. Cara Murray (Associate Professor, English), Coordinator of the Common Read, at cmurray@qcc.cuny.edu

2020 Common Read Events Calendar

We look forward to sharing the calendar of Spring 2020 Common Read events in December 2019. 

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