2008 Common Reading Initiative

Letter from President Murphy

Dear Johnson State College Students:

Welcome to the JSC community! Your decision to attend Johnson State College is the first step in exploring a world of new ideas and experiences. That exploration begins today when you open 1 dead in attic by Chris Rose.

As a first year student, you will be participating in the college's Common Reading Initiative, a program of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, films, and concerts that complement the book. A highlight of the semester will be an on campus visit by the book's author, Chris Rose.

We've designed the program to introduce you to the academic and intellectual culture of the college through a common reading experience. A committee of faculty, staff, and students met this spring to choose a book for the entire incoming class to read during the summer. This fall, you will have many opportunities to share and compare ideas about the common book. Your Peer Orientation Leaders, as well as many faculty, staff, and returning students will also have read 1 dead in attic, providing a broad base for discussion and integration into the JSC community.

Please take a look at the background material presented in this brochure, and keep in mind the discussion questions listed as you read 1 dead in attic. We hope that you will read and reflect on the issues presented in the book and look forward to seeing you at all the related events.


Barbara E. Murphy

Johnson State College President