Summer Reading

Each year, the summer reading selection fosters a community-wide discussion around one or more global challenge(s) in preparation for the Forum, the interdisciplinary mission course taken by all first-year Honors College students. The primary role of the Forum is to develop traits and non-cognitive skills—such as critical thinking, problem solving, social interaction, persistence, creativity, and introspection—that will help you contribute meaningfully to society and succeed in life. Drawing on your summer reading experience and all that you learn in the Forum, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students to tackle a global issue and learn how to transform your own ideas into action.


Previous Readings

2019 | The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh

2018 | Enlightenment Now by Dr. Steven Pinker

2017 | Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous

2016 | Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

2015 | To Repair the World by Dr. Paul Farmer