Common Read

What is a "common read"?

The Common Read provides a shared experience of intellectual and community engagement by bringing the campus community together to read and discuss one text and its themes.


In keeping with BCC’s mission and equity statement, the purpose of the common reading of Hidden Figures is to promote a campus environment that advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion.​

  • Engage students, faculty, administration, staff, and community in discussion of topics and questions of equity and social justice through a shared reading;

  • Give students a positive reading experience by sharing the content of the reading through activities both inside and outside the classroom, thus helping students make connections between classroom and out-of-classroom experiences;

  • Encourage campus-wide dialog and interdisciplinary explorations of topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the academic year by a variety of activities.

2022-2023 Selection

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race recovers the history of these pioneering women and situates it in the intersection of the defining movements of 20th century America: the Cold War, the Space Race, the Civil Rights Movement and the quest for gender equality. Published in 2016, this New York Times bestseller by Margot Lee Shetterly is the basis for the popular movie of the same name. A powerful and rich narrative, in addition to the historical periods and movements, the book touches on many themes–among them are race relations, education, parenting, WW II, NASA, the social/political climate of the 1940s-60s, and the American Dream.

Learn how to engage:

Borrow a copy from the library:
Purchase a copy: Bergen Bookstore

Listen to the Audiobook: Audible

E-book: Amazon Apple Books

Young Reader's Edition: Amazon Barnes & Noble