Beyond the Common Read


Beyond the Common Read is a new suite of annual programs, designed and sponsored by the Office of DEI, that complement the themes of the Common Read. These programs are a way for our community, in EHD and Grounds widely, to learn more and engage the topics and issues brought up each year’s Common Read. This year, we’re excited to announce partnerships with UVA’s Asian Student Union and Dr. Sylvia Shin Huey Chong, Associate Professor of American Studies and English. Explore our programs below and stay tuned for more opportunities as the year progresses!

  • ASU Presents: Digging Deeper: Exploring the Asian and Asian American Experience


    This year's Common Read, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong, examines racial consciousness in the U.S. at the nexus of the Asian and Asian American experience. Co-sponsored by the Office of DEI and UVA’s Asian Student Union, “Digging Deeper: Exploring the Asian and Asian American Experience” is a 3-part series that will explore topics complementary to this year’s Common Read and to further our understanding of the Asian and Asian American communities, on Grounds, in Charlottesville, and nationwide.

    Beyond the Model Minority Myth (September 30)
    Colorism in the Asian American Community (November 9)
    Asian Student Union
  • Partnership with Dr. Sylvia Shin Huey Chong


    Dr. Sylvia Shin Huey Chong is an Associate Professor of Film and Asian American Studies in the English Department, and the Program in American Studies. Dr. Chong will be partnering with the Office of DEI to support rich and meaningful engagement in the themes that arise in this year’s Common Read. Please join us at the Common Read Kick-Off to meet Dr. Chong and learn more about this year’s programming!

    The Common Read Kick-Off Event

Teaching and Engagement Resources


As we explore themes and topics surrounding this year’s Common Read, the Office of DEI has prepared an annotated bibliography of resources and links for those looking to incorporate the Common Read into their teaching. As well, we’ve partnered with librarian Ashley Hosbach, who built the Common Read Support, a robust webpage that spotlights library materials and media that complement the Common Read. Throughout the year, we encourage you to reach out to the Office of DEI for more information about how to connect the Common Read into your teaching or curriculum. Check out our resources below!