First Year Reading
We Begin with a Book
Every summer, the incoming students are encouraged to read a book in common that serves as the basis for several events when the term begins in September. You will meet in small groups with members of the MCLA faculty to discuss the summer reading.
In preparation for that discussion, you are encouraged to read the chosen book in anticipation of a formal discussion. We also hope that the book will stimulate conversation and questions throughout the fall (some courses will incorporate the book into the syllabus).
In early fall, we invite the author to campus to discuss the book. Please come prepared to ask questions and remember to bring your book for the signing reception.
You will probably want to keep a journal as you read in which you record your first reactions to the narrative. Keep track of your questions as they emerge and see if the book answers those questions as it unfolds.