Boston College has selected Daniel Wolff’s How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them for their freshman reading program, “Conversations in the First Year.”
During orientation sessions held this summer, BC will give a copy of the book to each incoming student, and ask them to read it before returning in September. Daniel Wolff will give the keynote address at Convocation, which marks the beginning of the students’ first year.
Convocation at Boston College “is filled with tradition, ritual, ideas, and conversation that kick off the academic year.” The freshman reading program and book help to “create the year’s academic theme,” writes the Associate Director of the Office of First Year Experience.
The Office of First Year Experience will partner with the Institute for Liberal Arts to create a reading guide that will “contextualize the book choice to the Jesuit Catholic mission of Boston College and the charge to ‘Go and set the world aflame.’” The words of the founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, are a challenge issued to each new class, the core message of “Conversations in the First Year,” and the theme of the annual Convocation.
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Throughout the year, How Lincoln Learned to Read will be central to many courses; faculty teaching first-year writing, literature, business, nursing, honors, cornerstone and education courses, and others, are incorporating the book into the curriculum.
How Lincoln Learned to Read • Bloomsbury • 352 pages