Moravian College Class of 2013 Reads The World Without Us; Alan Weisman Speaks on Campus

9780312427900Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us is the common reading title for freshman students at Moravian College this fall. Members of the class of 2013 purchased the book and read the book over the summer. During orientation week in August, students met in small groups for discussion and Alan Weisman spoke on campus.

The Director of Student Activities writes, “We are delighted to host an author of his caliber as part of our common reading program . . . The common reading experience provides a model of learning that values openness to new ideas and promotes an expectation for academic engagement.”

The World Without Us is also the key title for the first few weeks of the course, “Introduction to College Life,” which aims to introduce all first-year students to intellectual and academic practices required for success in college and beyond.

Read more about Alan Weisman’s bestselling book here.

George Washington University Class of 2013 Reads Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Fred Siegel, Dean of Freshmen at George Washington University, selected Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America for the Colonial Inauguration Summer Reading Program this year!  For the first time, incoming first year students are required, rather than encouraged, to read the book and participate in this program.

Book discussions and community blogging are just some of the events planned around the Dean’s selection; Hot, Flat, and Crowded will be linked to GWU’s extensive Sustainability Initiative and Green Living programs this year.

Dean Siegel also invited members of the class of 2013 to submit their reactions to the book, and according to the blog, he received more than 300 essays!

Winning reaction essays will be published online on the freshman reading blog.  Click here to find a listing and to read students’ statements about the book.

Read more about Hot, Flat, and Crowded, or Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century in Macmillan’s online catalog.  Lists of other colleges and universities that have adopted Friedman’s books, and more Popular Picks, for common reading programs, are posted on the Programs page.

Update—November 2009: Picador’s updated and expanded paperback edition of Hot, Flat, and Crowded is available!