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We’re thrilled to announce the selected book for Colorado Mountain College's 2024 Common Reader program: "Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of a Good Citizen" by New York Times bestselling author Richard Haass. This selection isn't just a book—it's a catalyst for meaningful conversations as we head into a pivotal election year. The college is collaborating with media partners and financial supporters so that as many people as possible can participate across Colorado’s Western Slope. Plans are in progress with PBS12, Aspen Public Radio, and the Daniels Fund to support next year’s programming, with more collaborators joining this effort. Numerous events will be held on our campuses, including community discussions and talks from the author. We look forward to collectively exploring our shared stories and obligations in our beautiful mountain communities.






  • CQ Researcher
    Offers in-depth, unbiased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on a wide range of topics. Each report is investigated and written by a seasoned journalist, professionally fact-checked, and footnoted to facilitate further research. Reports date back to 1923.
  • Global Issues in Context
    Ties together sources to present a rich analysis of issues: social, political, military, economic, environmental, science related, health related, cultural, and headlines in world hot spots.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Covers today’s hottest social issues presenting each side of a topic.
  • Points of View Reference Center
    Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue. Provides more than 370 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy.
  • A Citizen's Guide to Preserving Democracy | PBS
    With American democracy under threat, diplomat Dr. Richard Haass outlines ten habits to help citizens preserve democracy. Haass also explores real-life examples of Americans who are working towards strengthening democracy and renewing the spirit of a more informed and engaged citizenry.
  • 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About US Citizenship | TED
    At age 16, journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas found out he was in the United States illegally. Since then, he's been thinking deeply about immigration and what it means to be a US citizen -- whether it's by birth, law or otherwise. In this powerful talk, Vargas calls for a shift in how we think about citizenship and encourages us all to reconsider our personal histories by answering three questions: Where did you come from? How did you get here? Who paid?