The Common Experience facilitates meaningful, thoughtful interaction among campus members through a yearlong examination of a topic or issue that requires interdisciplinary thought and collaborative action. The Common Experience strengthens the intellectual climate on campus and increases student success by bridging academic and residence life.
This year’s theme, “Growing our Future,” considers the creation of just and sustainable food systems from the ground to the table. This exploration engages faculty, staff, and students from every discipline on campus as we reflect on the ways in which people and cultures grow, consume, and value food. Through discussion of our Common Read The American Way of Eating, co-curricular events, film screenings, and engaging speakers, we will examine public policy, health and nutrition initiatives, educational programs, business efforts and community campaigns that address our Common Experience theme.