About the Reddie Read Program
Henderson State University inaugurated its common book program in fall 2006 with Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. This program, called the Reddie Read, offers everyone on campus the opportunity to read and discuss the same book over the course of the semester. The Reddie Read program directly supports Henderson's mission in that it assists students to "excel in a complex and changing world" through engagement in formal and informal discussions about issues of importance in today's world.
Each year, the book will be discussed in Henderson Seminar. Incoming freshmen will be given a copy of that year's selected title during Heart Start and subsequent summer and fall registrations. A series of events related to the selected book, open to everyone, will occur through the first half of the semester.
The selected title for the Reddie Read will meet the following criteria:
- It must be readable, relevant, and engaging for students.
- It should be capable of being used in several areas of the curriculum.
- Preference will be given to books by living authors willing to speak on campus, although other speakers may be brought instead.
- Books commonly used in high school curricula will not be adopted as the Reddie Read.
We invite and encourage everyone to read the books and to attend this year's events!
Fall 2016 Reddie Read Nominees
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
- Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World, by Doc Hendley
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
Have you read one or more of these nominations? Please share your thoughts with us!
Reddie Read Committee
- Lea Ann Alexander (Chair), Library
- Stephanie Barron, English
- Claudia Beach, Theatre
- Marck Beggs, English
- Victor Claar, Economics
- Susie Kirk, Library
- Josh Lightsey, Student
- David Sesser, Library
- Anna Smith, Biology
- Michael Taylor, Communication
- David Thomson, Honors College
- Steven Todd, Philosophy
- Lacy Wolfe, Library