Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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From: Provost David Christy, Provost and Senior Vice President
I invite you to suggest titles for what will be Baruch’s thirteenth annual freshman text. This activity is one of the few opportunities for the entire Baruch community to engage together in a shared intellectual pursuit. All entering freshmen receive a free copy of the selected text and are asked to read it prior to attending the fall Convocation, in which the text is the subject of the keynote address. The Freshman Text Committee is looking for titles that:
- students will be eager to read on their own over the summer and discuss;
- will challenge students intellectually;
- faculty can incorporate into their course reading lists;
- can be discussed across the disciplines;
- have not already appeared on most high school reading lists;
- ideally do not exceed 300-350 pages.
In addition, this year we are looking for titles particularly by living authors who might be invited to speak at Convocation. The speaker this past August, Karen Thompson Walker, author of the freshman text for Fall 2103, The Age of Miracles, was impressive; several students have spoken about the thrill of hearing from (and in some cases meeting) an author.
Suggested titles could include non-fiction and creative non-fiction as well as novels, dramas, or other works of fiction.
The committee welcomes one or two suggestions per individual (rather than a complete list of your favorite books!). For a complete listing of past titles selected as the freshman reading, go to: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/orientation/freshman-text.html.
If you would like to recommend a book for consideration, please send an email to Chris Diggs (Christina.Diggs@baruch.cuny.edu) no later than January 17. The committee will then meet to determine a short list of titles from all suggestions received by the deadline and announce its decision by mid-spring semester. The committee has set up this timeline in order to provide faculty with sufficient advance notice to incorporate the text into their fall syllabi.