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Arts & Science Program

The Common Reading Program

The Common Reading Program is a signature Arts & Science Program initiative for Level I students. Each summer, incoming Level I Artscis receive a copy of the selected book by mail and are encouraged to read it before the start of the Fall term, in preparation for a special visit with that book’s author in early September. This program provides an early opportunity for students to become immersed in the Arts & Science community of learning, and to participate in a discussion with an established author and their Arts & Science peers.

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Thea Lim
An Ocean of Minutes

Author visit: 3:30-4:30pm, Wed. 13 Sept. 2023, LRW-1055

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Mark Sakamoto
Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents

Author visit: 4:30-5:30pm, Thurs. 8 Sept. 2022, LRW-1055





Funny Boy Author VisitShyam Selvadurai
Funny Boy
Author visit: 4:30-5:30pm, Tues. 14 Sept. 2021, PGCLL-127


Jeff Ho
Antigone: Fong
Author visits: Play reading and Q&A with Jeff Ho, YPT Associate Artistic Directors Karen Gilodo and Stephen Colella, Stratford Festival Director of Education Lois Adamson, and actors Athena Kaitlin Trinh, Simon Gagnon, Rachel Mutombo, John Ng, and Jeff Yung, 6-7pm, Zoom, Thurs. 1 Oct. 2020; Q&A with Jeff Ho, Karen Gilodo, Stephen Colella, and Lois Adamson, 6:30-7:30pm, Zoom, Tues. 10 Nov. 2020

Find out more about Jeff Ho’s play here.

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Samantha Nutt Common Reading Visit

Samantha Nutt
Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, & Aid
Author visit: Arts & Science Q&A, 3:30-4:30pm, LRW-3038, Wed. 23 Oct. 2019

Dr. Samantha Nutt in the Daily News. Click here for information about War Child at Mac.


Arun Lakra visits Artsci students

Arun Lakra

Author visit: Rehearsal workshops, 6 Nov. 2018
Author visit: Table reading of Sequence and Q&A, 2:30-4:30, LRW Black Box Theatre, 7 Nov. 2018
Author visit: Artsci career talk, 11:30-12:30, LRW-3038, 8 Nov. 2018

Click here to read about Arun Lakra’s visit. Click here to view event poster.


Zoe Whittal visits with Artsci students

Zoe Whittall
The Best Kind of People

Author visit: Arts & Science Q & A, 2:30-3:20pm, LRW-3038, 6 Sept. 2017


Lawrence Hill visiting students

Lawrence Hill
The Illegal

Author visit: Arts & Science Q & A, 2:30-3:20pm, C-105 Library, 8 Sept. 2016
Author visit: In Conversation with Lawrence Hill5:30-7:30pm, Convocation Hall, 15 Nov. 2016



Kim Fu visiting Artsci students

Kim Fu
For Today I Am a Boy

Author visit: Arts & Science Q & A, 1:30-2:30pm, C-105 Library, 2 Sept. 2015


Richard Wagamese visits students

Richard Wagamese
Indian Horse

Author visit: Arts & Science Milk & Cookies event, 2:30-4:00pm, C-105 Library, 3 Sept. 2014


Lawrence Hill speaking to Arts & Science students

Lawrence Hill
The Book of Negroes

Author visit: Arts & Science Milk & Cookies event, 2:30-3:30pm, C-105 Library, 3 Sept. 2013


Lawrence Scanlan visiting Artsci students

Lawrence Scanlan
A Year of Living Generously

Author visit: Arts & Science Milk & Cookies event, 3:00-4:00pm, C-105 Library, 5 Sept. 2012


Ann-Marie MacDonald
Belle Moral
Author visit: Arts & Science Level 1 afternoon workshop co-facilitated by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher (OISE/University of Toronto) and Dr. Janice Hladki (School of the Arts, McMaster), Robinson Memorial Theatre, 20 Sept. 2011, as well as evening lecture, “Literature, Theatre and Performance: A Conversation with Ann-Marie MacDonald and Kathleen Gallagher,” Robinson Memorial Theatre, 20 Sept. 2011


Lawrence Hill
The Book of Negroes

Author visit: Arts & Science Level 1 Inquiry class visit, 18 Oct. 2010


Joseph Boyden
Three Day Road

Author visit: 9:00-10:30am, University Club 23 Sept. 2009


Dionne Brand
What We All Long For


Ronald Wright
A Short History of Progress


Stephen Lewis
Race Against Time
Author visit: Arts & Science Winter Lecture 2:30pm, Convocation Hall 10 Jan. 2007


M.G. Vassanji
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
Author visit: 6:30pm, University Club 13 Sept. 2005