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Reader Resources

Students receive both the Common Book and a reader’s guide during orientation.  The reader’s guide provides students with information about the program, poses questions about content and ideas in The Center of Everything, and provides opportunities for students to connect with other students who are reading the book over social media forums.  Developed in partnership with Marketing and Communications, First-Year Experience Librarian Jill Becker, and the Office of First-Year Experience, the reader’s guide supports students as they read The Center of Everything between the close of their orientation and the start of school.  The content was developed for and is adaptable for classroom use.  

Library Guide

KU Libraries has created a Library Guide that includes both print and electronic resources related to the themes in The Center of Everything, as well as additional resources related to Laura Moriarity and her work.

The Book and Author

Faculty Guide

Students receive both the Common Book and a reader’s guide during orientation.  The reader’s guide provides students with information about the program, poses questions about content and ideas in The Center of Everything, and provides opportunities for students to connect with other students who are reading the book over social media forums.  Developed in partnership with Marketing and Communications, First-Year Experience Librarian Jill Becker, and the Office of First-Year Experience, the reader’s guide supports students as they read The Center of Everything between the close of their orientation and the start of school.  The content was developed for and is adaptable for classroom use.  

Dole Institute of Politics

The Dole Institute of Politics has created a topic guide highlighting ways in which the Robert J. Dole Archives & Special Collection can be used to compliment the exploration of themes or topics in The Center of Everything. Contact the Audrey Coleman for more information. 

Requesting a Review Copy

We have a limited number of copies available for those interested in using The Center of Everything in their classrooms. Due to high demand, we are only able to provide one book per instructor. To request a review copy, please email commonbook@ku.edu with the following information:

  • Name of instructor of record
  • Department
  • Course name
  • Course number
  • How do you anticipate using the book in your course? Please review the resources for more information on the book’s content and themes.

Departmental Orders

The KU Bookstore is providing discounted rates for KU departments that are interested in purchasing copies of The Center of Everything. Pricing is dependent on number ordered. 

Departmental Orders can be placed by contacting James Rourke or Michael Engel.


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