SPARE PARTS is the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

Spare PartsThe University of Michigan’s College of Engineering has selected Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts for their 2016 Engineering Common Reading Experience program!

All incoming first-year students will receive copies of the book in the mail during the month of June. International students will receive an eBook, unless they specifically request hard copies. Students are expected to read Spare Parts before arriving on campus for Welcome Week in September.

During the fall, students will be involved in small discussion groups, which will be led by current Michigan Engineering students. These discussion groups will allow incoming students to explore topics in the book, as well as provide them with an opportunity to connect with fellow students and learn about the Michigan Engineering experience first-hand from current students.

Beyond the classroom, the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering will also host a number of Common Reading Experience events associated with Spare Parts throughout the semester. More information on these events is to come, but in the past these events have included a featured speaker, a writing contest, volunteering opportunities, and various workshops.

The goal of the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Common Reading Experience program is to provide first-year students with the opportunity to connect with their fellow classmates, as well as current students, faculty, and staff.  The school hopes that reading Spare Parts will allow students to engage with the book’s themes, and also unite them with the Michigan Engineering community.

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Spare Parts • Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 240 pages

 

 

 

 

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BEING MORTAL is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2016 Carolina #SummerReading Book! (#CommonReading)

Being MortalThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal for their 2016 Carolina Summer Reading program!

All incoming first-year and transfer students are expected to read the book over the summer and participate in small group discussions on the Monday before fall 2016 classes begin. The book is available for purchase in the campus bookstore.

Being Mortal was selected as the 2016 Carolina Summer Reading book by a nine-person committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students. Over the last several months, the Committee narrowed down the initial pool of 169 book nominations to seven finalists. Out of the seven finalists, Being Mortal was the Committee’s unanimous first choice.

UNC-Chapel Hill explained that they selected Being Mortal for a variety of reasons, including that the book is “well-written, it honors human diversity and success, and it is a celebration of life that challenges readers to respect human dignity.” However, the school’s committee ultimately chose this book because they felt that it addresses issues in medical and health sciences with a multidisciplinary lens that makes it relevant for a variety of majors, and it tackles topics that have not received enough opportunities for dialogue.

The school also felt that the book is an important read for students because it touches on universal topics that transcend generational divides, economic status, sexual orientation, racial identities, and gender identities. Tim Marr—distinguished associate professor of American Studies and chair of the Committee—explained that the Committee hopes that reading Being Mortal will help students confront death (the book’s primary theme) by “encouraging open discussion about important matters faced by every family for which medicine can ultimately provide no answer.”

The Carolina Summer Reading program aims to stimulate critical thinking outside of the classroom, and give new students common intellectual ground. It is used as an academic icebreaker, and it encourages students to engage with the scholarly community and come to their own conclusions about the material.

The UNC-Chapel Hill community was already familiar with Atul Gawande because he was the school’s 2014 Commencement Speaker. His Commencement speech confronted the graduating crowd with a story of children suffering from cancer. Yet, his message ultimately focused on the resources of strength and resilience people find to flourish in life—despite adversity—by connecting with a purpose larger than themselves that aids others.

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Being Mortal • Metropolitan Books • 304 pages

 

SPARE PARTS is Miami University’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

Spare PartsMiami University in Ohio has selected Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts for their 2016 Summer Reading program!

All incoming first-year students will receive a copy of the book during their Summer Orientation in June, and will read the book before heading to campus at the end of August. Joshua Davis will be the featured speaker at Miami University’s Convocation ceremony on Friday, August 26. Convocation will be followed by breakout welcome sessions and discussion groups. In these discussion groups, students will engage in lively dialogue about Spare Parts‘s themes, and they will be encouraged to think about how these themes relate to their lives and to the world around them. Some of the themes that will be discussed include innovation, mentoring, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion.

This is the 35th year of Miami University’s Summer Reading program. The school uses this program to underline the following activities that they value most as a community:

  • Critical engagement with ideas
  • Close interaction among faculty, staff, and students
  • Reading, listening, reflecting, talking, and learning as characteristics of active, responsible citizenship.

Overall, this program is designed to unite the student body, and welcome new students into the Miami University community.

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