Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2019 Duke Common Experience. As a piece of the coming changes to Orientation this summer, we have decided to enhance our Summer Reading program. While we will still have a book the incoming class will read, there will be a variety of programs connected to the book both during the summer and over the course of the fall semester. These will include:
- Virtual content sharing of key themes and ideas over the summer months
- Connection with Alumni Affairs in reading the selection
- Speakers and programs during the year connected to the selection
- One over-arching theme that connects the selection to programs here at Duke during the year
However, the biggest change is the format for hosting the author and discussion about the book and what we seek to do over the summer.
When students come to campus, instead of relying solely on FAC chats, our plan it to co-host a program at DPAC. We are excited about this new programming opportunity and see it as a chance to enhance our current DPAC program, add to the intellectual experience of the summer reading, and allow us to choose different types of books that can then be highlighted and/or performed for the incoming class.
As a reminder, the text selected for The Duke Common Experience is designed to give incoming students a shared intellectual connection with other members of their class. The selection committee who will choose the text is comprised of faculty, staff, and students.
In addition to being readable, enjoyable and engaging, the selection must:
- Enrich the intellectual life of students
- Promote a shared/common experience among first-year students
- Prompt stimulating debate and lively discussion outside of the classroom
- Foster interaction between and among peers
Suggestions for books can be made online at the following website:
Nominations will be taken through Friday, November 15th. Please feel free to suggest as many books as you'd like and pass along this message to students, faculty and other staff.
Thank you for your support of Duke's continual development of Orientation Week, the first year experience of our students and our collaboration with campus and community partners.
Jordan Hale and Simon Partner
Co-Chairs, Duke Summer Reading Committee