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Common Reading at LaGuardia Community College: About

Common Reading at LaGuardia

At LaGuardia, the Common Reading Program has established a new platform for critical inquiry.  This year we will join faculty and students from across CUNY to engage the study and discussion of “core books” that have shaped how we understand the intersections between society and nature. The works include Plato’s Republic, Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto, Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species, and Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. Reading works like these empowers us to investigate pressing questions of our time.  How are social structures built and reformed?  How does the natural world evolve around the industries and technologies we develop?  Which intellectual traditions enable actions that sustain our shared environment? If you are interested in participating in the Common Reading Program, please email Charity Scribner,   

The new CUNY Core Books initiative is partially funded through a generous grant from the Teagle Foundation. 

LaGuardia Common Reading Texts

The table below includes the number of common reading texts available on reserve and in the stacks at the LaGuardia Library. All books on reserve are organized alphabetically by title at the Library’s circulation desk. Select readings are included in edited volumes, therefore students and faculty must request the title of the volume at the circulation desk, and not the individual reading. Please refer to the table below for relevant volume titles.  


Copies on reserve

Copies in stacks

Homer, The Odyssey 

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah 

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto  

Chad Broughton, Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, The Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities  


Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species  

Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History  

Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates 

Plato, The Republic 


Sophocles, Oedipus the King 

Volumes on Reserve: 

Fagles, et al. The Three Theban Plays. 

Thomas, J. E., et al. Oedipus Rex

Fitts, et al. The Oedipus Cycle : an English Version. 

Fitts, et al. The Oedipus Cycle : an English Version



Sophocles, Antigone 

Volumes on reserve: 

Gainor, et al. The Norton Anthology of Drama

Wyckoff, et al. Sophocles. I, Antigone ; Oedipus the King ; Oedipus at Colonus. 

Anouilh, Jean, et al. Antigone


Dante, Inferno  

Volumes on reserve: 

Ciardi, John, et al. The Inferno

Pinsky, Robert., and Pinsky, Nicole. The Inferno of Dante : a New Verse Translation. 


Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince 


The Declaration of Independence 

1 on reserve 

1 in reference 


Constitution of the United States 

1 on reserve  

1 in reference 


James Madison, The Federalist Paper No. 10 

Volumes on reserve: 

Hamilton, et al. The Federalist Papers


Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 



Frederick Douglass, “What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?” 

Volumes on reserve: 

Marable, et al. Let Nobody Turn Us around : Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal : an African American Anthology


WEB Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk 

Common Reading Committee & Participants

Committee Members

Charity Scribner, English (Chair)

Nana Osei Bonsu, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science

Jose Fabara, Education and Language Acquisition

Daniel Gertner, Natural Science

Sada Hye-Jaman, Business & Technology

Ian McDermott, Library

Michele Piso Manoukian, Center for Teaching and Learning

Maureen Doyle, Health Sciences

Rebecca Tally, Social Science

Liena Vayzman, Humanities

Coordinator of Library Instruction

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