Common Read

Reading Together, Building Connections, Strengthening Our College Community


When you read books, they bring you to different places, they change you, by opening up different experiences and thoughts. That’s what educates you.” – Cathy Germano, Director of Learning Services

Excelsior College’s Common Read program invites students, alumni, faculty, and staff to participate in a shared reading experience. The Common Read engages the College community to examine and better understand topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice through many perspectives.

The book for the current Common Read is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.

“When Man’s Search for Meaning was first published in 1959, it was hailed by Carl Rogers as “one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.” Now, more than forty years and 4 million copies later, this tribute to hope in the face of unimaginable loss has emerged as a true classic. Man’s Search for Meaning–at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual-is the story of psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s struggle for survival during his three years in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps” – [source]

You can purchase “Man’s Search for Meaning” at Excelsior’s online bookstore.

Join Our Virtual Discussion

If you are interested in participating in our Common Read discussions, please register by clicking the links below.

Tuesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. ET

Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, September 29 at 2 p.m. ET

Contact Molly Costello at with any questions.