Office of Undergraduate Education

Common Reading Program

Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

The book selected for students in 2013-14 is Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by journalist Kathryn Schulz.

Thousands of WSU students this academic year will use topics from the book in classes. They will also attend special presentations and a popular expert lecture series featuring WSU research faculty, staff, and learned guests. Check the Common Reading calendar for up-to-date information and schedules.

Next Common Reading: Garbology!  Author Edward Humes will visit Pullman Oct. 7, 2014.  Save the Date!

Join the NEW Common Reading Book Club!

NEW in spring 2014 is the Common Reading Book Club, hosted by the WSU Global Campus! 

Join discussions on topics from "Being Wrong" by posting and following brief comments from students who are part of WSU in Pullman, the branch campuses, and even around the world! Faculty using the book in class can join and follow their students conversations.

Posts on the Twitter account during the 2/24 Common Reading Invited Lecture posed questions to ask of guest speaker and author of this year's book, Kathryn Schulz at the event.

Instructor Leslie Sena is facilitating the effort. Instructions and suggestions are available to get every book club member involved in the conversation.  More>> or go to

What is a "common reading?"

Topics from a single, carefully selected book for freshmen are featured in first-year and other classes in disciplines across the university, and in special events and presentations. Having a shared source for such topics provides a common ground for students and their professors, and stimulates discussions and learning around  The same topics also lend themselves to presentations in the lecture series, and to discussions between students and faculty within and beyond classrooms.

Check the Common Reading calendar for up-to-date information and schedules.

What's New?

Tell us how you used Being Wrong in your classes and programs!

Schulz Lecture Accessible Online

Watch the presentation by Kathryn Schulz when she visited Pullman in February. It was recorded by the WSU Global Campus.

From WSU Libraries:

Check out this resource guide! It's packed with information on ways to access materials related to topics in the Common Reading book; it will also boost your familiarity with the numerous resources available through WSU Libraries!

Check the Common Reading calendar for upcoming faculty and guest expert presentations at Common Reading Tuesdays events.

Common Reading Assessment Reports


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