Common Read

The Common Read book selection engages the community through readings, speakers and other events throughout the fall semester. You will discuss this book with fellow freshman as you enter life at Arcadia.

2019 Book

Glimmer of Hope
by the founders of March for Our Lives

Collectively written by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Glimmer of Hope features a series of personal essays and interviews addressing the issues of gun violence and social activism. The book showcases how young people, driven by a commitment to social justice, can band together, redirect the national conversation, and drive policy change.

David Hogg, one of the book’s contributors, will be speaking at Arcadia University on October 14, 2019.

On February 14, 2018, David’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he lost friends, classmates and teachers. A total of 17 people were killed when a lone teen gunman sprayed bullets from a high-powered military assault rifle. David’s eloquent responses to America’s largest school shooting immediately placed him in the national and international media spotlight. Committed to becoming an agent for change, he resolved that no other young person should have to experience the tragic impact of gun violence. He joined with friends from high school to co-found March For Our Lives, now one of the world’s largest youth-led movements. Five weeks after the shooting, March For Our Lives mobilized one of the biggest demonstrations in the nation’s history. Speaking before an estimated 800,000 protestors in Washington, D.C., David declared, “The sun shines on a new day—and it is ours!”

Praise for Glimmer of Hope:

Glimmer of Hope provides a blueprint for launching social change.” —

“This is a clarion call to action for teens, by teens, and is moving and powerful.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“This collaborative collection of essays by friends and family of Parkland victims exudes optimism and conviction…a must buy.” —School Library Journal

2019 Essay Contest: Glimmer of Hope

Read and share your ideas!

The Common Read provides an opportunity for all first-year students at Arcadia University to have a shared intellectual experience during their first semester on campus. The essay contest invites students to begin voicing their own opinions around the book’s major themes.

The 2019 Essay Contest topic will be announced on June 20.