Common Read Program

We are elated to have Dust Tracks on a Road (1942) by renowned author Zora Neale Hurston as our Common Read selection for 2018-19. The selection is so close to our great campus: Eatonville, Florida! What makes Eatonville so unique is that it has the distinction of being the first incorporated all-black city in the United States.

All summer B 2018 and fall 2018 admitted freshman students will receive a copy of Dust Tracks on a Road at their respective orientation dates.

Dust Tracks on a Road will challenge UCF students to think outside the box and allow them to self-reflect upon issues related to Social Justice, Diversity, Participation in Undergraduate Research, and Community Engagement. Through poetic imagery and stories, students will learn about the life story of Zora Neale Hurston and be challenged to critically identify and evaluate themes of the text.

$500 Scholarship

Freshman students may apply for the Common Read Scholarship. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to freshman students who submit an essay regarding the impact of Dust Tracks on a Road has had on their transition as a freshman student.

Application will be posted on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Campus Resources

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Past Selections

  • 2017: High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society by Dr. Carl Hart
  • 2016: Outcasts United by Warren St. John
  • 2015: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • 2014: Garbolgy: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes

Contact Information

For any questions regarding the Common Reading Program, or to suggest future books, please contact Dr. Jamil D. Johnson.

UCF's Common Reading:
Read It. Love It. Live It.