About Hostos Reads

HOSTOS READS: Books in Common, Books in Community

The Hostos Reads project builds upon the former book of the semester project led by Prof. Robert Cohen since 2005, and currently spearheaded by the Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council. The overarching goal of this project is to promote a culture of reading, discussion, and community building through the engagement of a common reading.

These are some of the goals this project plans to achieve:

  • Community Building
  • Highlight campus and University resources/student talents
  • Inter-Departmental Connection
  • Shared Intellectual Experience
  • Enhance:
    • Critical Thinking
    • Self-Awareness
    • Diversity and Global Issues
    • Cultural competence
    • Teaching
    • Learning

Book Nomination / selection process:

The Center for Teaching and Learning has closed the book nominations for the Hostos Reads book for the 2017-2018 academic year. The nomination period has ended, the selection committee, an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students (6-8 people), evaluated the nominations based on the selection criteria. Through a campus-wide vote, Americanah was chosen as the Hostos Reads selection for the 2017-18 academic year.

Criteria for Book Selection

As faculty/staff/students are thinking about nominating a book, we recommend using the following criteria for book selection as a guide. Does the book:

  • Offer an engaging, accessible read?
  • Address subject matter relevant to the disciplines and educational mission of Hostos?
  • Lend itself to related events or activities?
  • Appeal to a wide range of students?
  • Provide possibilities for classroom use among various disciplines/ academic departments?
  • Provide possibilities for use with other college initiatives (i.e. student clubs, Women’s history month, Black history month, Earth Day, Hostos 50th anniversary, etc.)?
  • Have relevance to student life (i.e. coming of age, diversity, relationships, family, self-exploration, identity, justice, immigration, etc.)? Other considerations:
  • Is it available in paperback at a reasonable price?
  • Is the book of a length that makes it possible for people to finish it easily?
  • Portability – is the book published in a format that is easy to carry?
  • Is the book notable (i.e. award winner? Recommended by journals/magazines/web?)
  • Is the author available/willing to appear at Hostos to discuss it?
  • Can we get the book at discounted rate from publisher/author?


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