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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.

Make Your Summer Reading Nominations Here.

Residence Life and Duke Recycling are working together to gather those unwanted, end of year items that students no longer need but still have use to others.

Arwen Buchholz of Duke Recycle said that multiple bins will be set up in residence halls throughout campus, and collection pickups are made regularly. The contents are going to support three different local organizations. Durham Rescue Mission is collecting materials from West Campus; the Salvation Army is collecting from East Campus; and Goodwill is collecting from Central Campus.

Non-perishable items donated by students include clothing, shoes, office supplies, kitchen items, area rugs, and other items, Buchholz said, adding that one of the oddest donations they ever received was 10 pairs of size 18 shoes from Duke Athletics.

Download donation locations here: