Common Theme and Community Read

Join the Community Read!

The Edmonds CC Community Read — an Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement program and part of the college's Lecture Series — brings the campus and community together to read one book in order to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote literacy across the campus and community through the adoption of thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and great ideas.
  • Enrich the lives of students, employees, and the community of south Snohomish County.

Here are some ways to join in:


2017-18 Common Theme and Community Read

Theme: The World We Want

Community Read: Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Edmonds Community College Common Theme and Community Book Read provide a year-long opportunity for all members of our College community to engage and connect as we examine - together - issues of great social importance from a variety of diverse perspectives.

The Common Theme for the 2017-18 academic year is "The World We Want." The book selection is  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Supplemental reading will include the  United States Constitution as an opportunity to compare and contrast Coates' book as it addresses the fundamental definition “...of the people, by the people, for the people”.

A yearlong celebration will include co-curricular events, debates, workshops, lectures, presentations, films, discussions, artist presentations, college service-learning projects, and other programming -- which expand and deepen our understanding of both the Edmonds CC Common Theme and Community Read text.

Spring Quarter Scholarships will be available through the Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement Program  and the Edmonds CC Foundation for students submitting an interactive presentation related to key themes in this year’s book.  (see scholarship information below).

Our goal is to involve as many faculty, staff, and students as possible. Free copies of Between the World and Me and The Constitution phamplet are available at the following locations:

Library - 3rd floor, Lynnwood Hall

Diversity Student Center - Brier Hall

Black Box Theatre - Mukilteo Hall

Equity and Inclusion Dept - Maltby 113 and 116

Copies will be made available to staff, faculty and students during Return Week events, at the Welcome Week fair and other campus events Fall Quarter.  If you have questions about the Common Theme or Community Read, please contact Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at bd.decarlo@edcc.edu.

The annual Community Read event will take place April 19, 2018 in the Black Box Theatre.

This year's Community Read event will take place on April 19 at 12:30 and 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.


Scholarship Opportunity for Edmonds CC

The Edmonds Community College Foundation sponsors two $1,300 scholarships (Running Start scholarship amount is $750 each), and several smaller scholarships (to be used for Spring quarter tuition) which will be awarded in March 2018. To apply for a scholarship, Edmonds CC students read the selected book and then create a project addressing any of the key themes of the book. Learn more about the Community Read Scholarship.

This award is up to $1,300 toward your academic success!