Simpson University Invites Community to Common Reading Program

For Immediate Release



REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University invites the community to join students, staff and faculty in the first year of a new common reading program called On the Same Page.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was selected as the book for this year. Participants are invited to read the book—which is in the public domain and available free online—and attend monthly discussions on campus led by university professors.

Frankenstein is a novel that grapples with themes of science, ethics, morality, and faith,” said Dr. Nicole Kenley, assistant professor of English. “We look forward to a rich discussion of these topics, which remain as relevant in the 21st Century as they were in the 19th.”

Professors from the departments of English, psychology, outdoor leadership, and theology and ministry will lead lectures and discussions about the book from 5 to 6 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 1. The meetings will be in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, Room 204, on campus at 2211 College View Drive.

More than 350 colleges and universities nationwide have similar programs to foster a culture of reading and community conversation, according to the National Association of Scholars’ 2016 report.

“On the Same Page aims to further develop the mind, faith and character of Simpson students, faculty, and staff; and we welcome any who would like to join the discussion,” Dr. Kenley said.

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Photo: Dr. Nicole Kenley, assistant professor of English, holds "Frankenstein," the first book to be featured in Simpson University's On the Same Page common reading program.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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