HPU Reads

InPursuitofSilence.jpgCommon Book Program

Take part in a university community experience by reading the same book all of HPU is reading. First-year students can receive the book at Passport Week: Fall New Student Orientation.  There will be many opportunities throughout the academic year for you to discuss the book and its themes, to hear speakers, and to watch films on related topics with students, faculty, and staff.  

Visit our HPU Reads Event page for more information on events supporting the HPU Reads Common Book as well as the writing contest.

2013-2014 Selection

The HPU Reads Program is pleased to announce the HPU CommonBook for the 2013-2014 Academic Year: In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik.

In Pursuit of Silence explores the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.

"Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic,the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day.   InPursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate sense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe. Traveling across the country and meeting and listening to a host of incredible characters, including doctors, neuroscientists, acoustical engineers, monks, activists,educators, marketers, and aggrieved citizens, George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet." (Back cover)

Incoming freshman can receive a FREE paperback copy of the book during Fall 2013 Orientation.  Copies will be provided to the HPU Libraries. We believe this option offers a variety of co-curricular programming options across disciplines. A schedule of events will be available later this summer.

Learn more about the 2013-2014 nominations.  Nominations were solicited from the entire HPU community earlier this year.

Common Book Events


HPU Reads Program Outcomes

  1. Develop a sense of community by providing a shared experience for new first-year students and encourage retention by means of a common book and related academic experiences.
  2. Explore, think critically and creatively, and communicate ideas effectively about the many dimensions of human problems, historical issues, and natural phenomena, as well as expose students to foreign cultures and social conditions.
  3. Provide a place for students to engage with others, and voice and hear different perspectives, interests, and concerns from members of the university and community.
  4. Add an academic component to fall new student orientation.