The University of Louisiana at Monroe has adopted The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century for the 2009 Summer Reading Program. Incoming first-year students read the book over the summer in preparation for a fall course called University Seminar 1001.
All first-years are required to enroll in this seminar, which aims “to maximize the student’s potential to achieve academic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by collegiate life.” Sections of the course are customized for students in different areas of study and linked to core curriculum courses and Learning Communities. The Peer Leaders who teach alongside UNIV 1001 instructors are another resource within the ULM community.
Every year, the summer reading book is selected by a committee of representatives disciplines and departments throughout the university. The book must be relevant to each college within ULM (Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Development, Health Sciences, and Pharmacy). The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, with its broad scope and interdisciplinary applications, is an ideal choice.
“[The author] spells out in precise terms what young people must consider in order to adapt, and more importantly, compete, amid these ever-changing realities.”
For more information about Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat 3.0, and the author’s latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America (Release 2.0 coming in paperback this November), please visit Macmillan‘s online catalog.
The World is Flat 3.0 • Picador • 672 pages