Each summer students, faculty, staff and administrators at Florida College have the opportunity to read and discuss a significant work, a “common reading,” that can foster meaningful discussions across the campus; it will be discussed formally in classes and in a public forum led by faculty members from various disciplines. Below you can find our most recent common readings.
We invite you to join us in reading (or rereading as the case may be) George Orwell’s classic; and in doing so to recognize the dangers of totalitarianism no matter the guise in which it presents itself.
“A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly”
Edmund Burke (1729–1797) was a remarkable public figure who lived through a remarkable period of history. He served in Parliament through the years of both the American and the French revolutions. In the years leading up to the American Revolution, Burke criticized Britain’s treatment of the colonies and expressed sympathy for the colonists…
“An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?”
On August 15, 1945, people throughout Japan had an unprecedented and historic experience: they heard the voice of Emperor Hirohito himself on the radio, announcing that the war, World War II, was over. Just days before, the United States …