Many Voices Common Text Project
While there are pros and cons to having common class texts, the English Department at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN has been able to integrate the use of a common reading text in a series of their courses, a project called Many Voices. While Augsburg touts the positive effects for students, I would also think there would be some cross benefits for instructors being able to share resources, work through common challenges, and offer support for one another in working with difficult topics related to the text with their students. Their common reading text for 2008-2009: Persepolis. Prior years’ selections are also listed on the site.