Madison Catrett, 18, grew adult in south Georgia — in a city about 30 miles from Tallahassee. Her high propagandize was mostly white, Christian, and regressive — a place “where preparation is not as critical as football,” says Catrett.
She’s firm for Duke University in a tumble — and she’s a small shaken to go somewhere new, somewhere so opposite from her hometown.
Luckily, she and other Duke freshmen have a built-in review starter: a reading they’ve all been reserved — Richard Blanco’s Prince of Los Cocuyos.
“I’m vehement about it. It gives us something additional to speak about — common belligerent we competence not differently have,” says Catrett.
And that’s what many colleges and universities opposite a nation are going for. Schools mostly call it their common reading program; some are only for freshmen, and for others, a whole campus or internal village joins in.
Most “common reads” are contemporary nonfiction, with three-quarters published between 2010 and present, according to a news from a National Association of Scholars that examines choices offering during 348 schools in a U.S.
The NAS has been putting out this news given 2010 — and they haven’t been too jazzed about a selections. The news labels a infancy of titles “progressive,” “parochial,” and “mediocre,” compelling “activism” and wise a “narrow, predicted genre.”
Not surprising, a report’s author praises schools that opted for a radical (or classical) — like Florida College, that in 2016 reserved Pericles’ Funeral Oration (431 BC).
Last year, only 3 books done adult 15 percent of all common reading assignments: Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between a World and Me, and Wes Moore’s The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.
What does a summer of 2017 have in store for college students? Here’s a sampling.