Roundtable: Challenges, Risks, and Rewards: Integrating Common Readings with University Programs

This roundtable session will explore the processes, logistics, and potential outcomes of integrating a campus common reading program with university museum collections and programs.  Discussion will center on the experiences, challenges, and rewards around choosing a common book collaboratively, evaluating museum collections relative to the contexts and subjects of the chosen book, building programming around the choice, working across administrative units to implement that programming, and assessing the outcomes. Our hope is that the discussion will yield practical suggestions and ideas for museum professionals who are hoping to improve or start the integration of museum collections and programming with common reading programs on their own campuses.

Howard Graham, Associate Director of Academic Programs, Office of First-Year Experience, University of Kansas

Dr. Kate Meyer, Curator of Works on Paper, Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas

Dr. Kate Nygren, Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the Office of First-Year Experience, University of Kansas