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Kelley School of Business Common Reading Program

Get involved at Kelley from day one

Reading, critical thinking, and personal development are just a few of our goals for your education at Kelley. The new Common Reading Program gives you the opportunity to connect with other new students, Kelley faculty, and Kelley staff around a topic outside the typical classroom discussions.

All students majoring in business will have the opportunity to participate in the program by reading the chosen book during the summer before classes begin. Reading the book is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. Not only will you be able to fully participate in the wide range of events surrounding the book in the fall semester, but you’ll also have something in common with your peers and Kelley faculty alike.

Books are not provided to students, but there are many places where they can be purchased for low cost. We will also have copies available in the Business/SPEA library for checkout.

During Welcome Week, you’ll be able to meet other new students in the book clubs led by Kelley faculty. You’ll also be able to hear from the author (or book character) and participate in co-curricular activities relating to the book.

Photo of the cover of the book Outcasts United

2013 Common Reading Book Selection

The 2013 book for the Kelley Common Read is Outcasts United by Warren St. John. This book was chosen by the Common Reading Committee because of the following factors:

  • Engaging subject matter
  • Readability and length
  • Availability and low-cost
  • Opportunities for programs and discussions to emerge

Outcasts United is the story of a team of refugee boys, the remarkable woman who coaches them, and the town where they live, a once-sleepy southern hamlet that has been upended by the process of refugee resettlement.  It's a story about the challenges posed by our quickly changing world, and one that reminds us of what is possible in this country when we put our values in action.

Just a few of the themes that arise from the book are teamwork, discipline, diverse backgrounds, local policies, and women in leadership.

Learn more about the book:

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Activities and Events

Dine & Dish
Thursday, August 22 (Welcome Week)
7:30 pm
CG 0034 (Kelley Grad Side, basement level)

All IU freshmen who are majoring in business and have read the book are invited to participate in this event, led by Kelley faculty and staff! Meet other new students and enjoy some free food while talking about the book. Those who attend the book clubs will receive a free “fugees” t-shirt, reserved seating at the author’s presentation, and have the opportunity to submit questions to be addressed by the author.

Presentation by author Warren St. John, sponsored by the Kelley Institute for Social Impact
Wednesday, September 18
7:00 pm 
Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

More events added later on!