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.