Central Campusâs theme for this year; our one-word call to action is: SOLIDARITY. The concept of standing together in opposition to threats to the well-being and progress of our collective community. My hope, and this is where you come in, is that we as a campus can promote solidarity, in it's multidimensional nature, to the larger Duke and Durham community, and most importantly, to each other.
Shortly after the World Trade Center complex was completed, acrobat Philippe Petit tight-roped across the gap between the two buildings, a quarter mile above the New York City streets.
The Summer Reading Program is designed to give incoming students a shared intellectual experience with other members of their class. The Duke Summer Reading selection committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students.
The book is used as a part of the orientation welcome week activities, which will include small group discussions and a visit from the author. In addition to being readable, enjoyable and engaging, the Summer Reading selections 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.