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Sr. Helen Sheehan Library | Trinity Reads: One Book, One Campus



Trinity Reads is intended to build an intellectual and social rapport among students, staff, faculty and community members by providing a collective experience of reading, thinking about, and discussing challenging ideas and themes that raise important issues, especially those surrounding issues of social justice. A common book is chosen to enrich perspectives and to invite conversations from across disciplinary fields of interest. Students are urged to read the book and faculty members are encouraged to include it in their courses. A series of cultural and academic activities—film screenings, debates, panel discussions, book discussions and lectures—are organized to support the project.


The goals of this interdisciplinary program are to:

  • Create awareness of and ongoing dialogue about Social Justice issues.
  • Enhance learning by facilitating a shared experience for students faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Emphasize reading as a significant component of a well-rounded education and existence.
  • Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to explore and discuss relevant social justice issues.
  • Increase the level of awareness among participants about social inequality.
  • Encourage participants to use the knowledge they gain to work personally and professionally for positive social change.
  • To strengthen our common human bonds, and to demonstrate the vital connection between classroom learning and social issues in the broader community.

Book Selection Criteria

The criteria for book selection is:

  • A work that addresses social justice issues.
  • A reading complexity appropriate for the Trinity community wide.
  • Relevant themes and issues suitable to group discussion and analysis.
  • A topic of relevance and appeal to both students and faculty.
  • A subject that lends itself to community-university programming and special activities.



Contact the Sister Helen Sheehan Library at 202-884-9350, or by email at



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