The Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture unites students from all majors in reading the same book during fall semester of their first year.

Each fall, the NSU Honors Program hosts a Common Read lecture, supported by the generous endowment of the Larry and Julie Poeppel family. The speaker is either the author of the Common Read book or a person with expertise on the central theme of the book.

Common Read lectures are free and open to all of campus and the Aberdeen community. 


2024 Common Read Book

The fall 2024 Common Read book will be Ruta Sepetys' historical fiction novel “I Must Betray You,” which was awarded the Yoto Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice Medal. 


2024 Common Read Lecture

7:30 p.m. September 25

Johnson Fine Arts Center


Sepetys will present the Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture. Read more about the book and lecture


I Must Betray You book cover

Authors and Speakers



Members of the Lacks family are pictured with author Rebecca Skloot. (Photo courtesy of the Lyceum Speakers Agency press kit.)