The Office of the Provost and SAC are happy to announce that we will once again partner to offer Staff Summer Readings. The program provides an opportunity for the first 100 staff members who sign up to read the book that has been selected by a committee convened by the dean of the College for First Readings and to take part in a summer workshop to discuss the book.
This year, the book is:Elif Batuman’s “The Idiot” (2017) (*Please see below for a description of the text.)Participants in the program will receive the book to enjoy as part of their summer reading and must also commit to taking part in workshop discussions about the book planned for Thursday, August 22nd, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This program is available to the first 100 staff members interested in receiving the book AND taking part in the workshop discussions. Please note the following:1. The workshop discussions on 8/22 are mandatory. Please do not sign up if you cannot participate on 8/22.2. If you sign up and are unable to attend on 8/22, the book must be returned and will then be given to the first person in line on the waitlist.
Books can be picked up on June 25 from 11am to 1pm in Petteruti Lounge.
We thank you for your participation.Please email email@example.com if you have any questions. Liisa Lane and Grace Young SAC 2019 Co-Chairs
"The Idiot" is a thoughtful portrait of a young woman’s pivotal first year in college. Set in the mid-1990s, the book follows Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, as she observes and absorbs the world around her. Over the course of the year, she befriends charismatic classmates, corresponds with an older mathematics student, and eventually travels to the Hungarian countryside to teach English — all the while contemplating the nuances of expression and the crafting of one’s own narrative. "The Idiot" explores liminal spaces and the uncertainty of adulthood as Selin comes to terms with herself and her place in the world. We are confident that the Idiot will elicit lively and meaningful discussion among entering first-year students and their seminar leaders during the First Reading Seminars at orientation. Resources on the First Readings website will help students engage with the text before they arrive on campus. In addition, the Sheridan Center will host two summer workshops to help interested faculty plan their seminars. The Dean of the College’s office will begin to solicit seminar leaders in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I would like to extend my thanks to the committee members who participated in this process as well as to all those who took part in the discussion.