What do you think Duke's incoming first-year students should read next summer?
Ryan Lombardi, associate dean of students, invites summer reading nominations for the class of 2011.
Your suggested title should:
prompt stimulating debate and lively discussion; resonate with most incoming students;
enrich the intellectual life of students; be a book that students simply cannot put down.
Send your suggestions online: http://orientation.studentaffairs.duke.edu
What happens next?
Throughout the winter, a committee of students, faculty and staff works through a list of about a hundred titles. In the spring one book is chosen. The selected title is sent to the incoming first-year students in early summer and becomes one of the themes of their orientation. Throughout the fall semester there are panel discussions, book discussion groups run by returning Duke students, a lecture by the author-- usually, and related presentations organized by various University groups. One ambition of the summer reading program is to integrate the book's themes into class discussions and assignments. The Library assists by creating cross-disciplinary research guides for students as well as faculty and discussion leaders.
Class of 2006: The Palace Thief, by Ethan Canin
Class of 2007: Savage Inequalities, by Jonathan Kozol
Class of 2008: Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
Class of 2009: The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Class of 2010: My Sister's Keeper, by Jody Picoult
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