The university will distribute copies of the book to their incoming students this summer. First-years are required to read the book before arriving on campus for “Turning Titan,” the new student orientation program, in August. Then, the class of 2014 will be introduced to the university community in discussion groups lead by faculty and staff.
In September, author Colin Beavan, No Impact Man himself, will visit campus for a day to meet with students and speak at the President’s Convocation.
No Impact Man was selected for the Summer Reading Program because “the topic of environmental sustainability is consistent with our University mission and is certain to stimulate a rich discussion and debate.”
The Summer Reading Program is central to orientation; Richard Wilson, President of the University, wrote about the program:
“At the outset, it reinforces the importance of critical thinking and effective communication skills. The discussions and lecture also expose students to a diversity of ideas and stimulate further reading and exploration. Finally, we have found that the discussions enhance the feeling among faculty, staff and alumni that education is a shared responsibility.”
Illinois Wesleyan’s previous Summer Reading titles include Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America which, like No Impact Man, is a Popular Pick from Macmillan! Click here to see the other schools that have chosen these books for their common reading programs.
No Impact Man • Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 288 pages