What is Summer Common Reading?
Kalamazoo’s Summer Common Reading joins new students, faculty, and staff in conversations about a book they have read during the summer. Incoming students are sent the book in late June as part of a larger Orientation mailing. Students are not required to purchase the book.
Why is it Important?
Summer Common Reading is an important first step in building a cohesive, dynamic, educational community. To share a book means we all begin “on the same page”–literally. We hope that, through reading this book attentively, discussing it with peers and faculty, and making it relevant to students in surprising ways, the Summer Common Reading experience will be seen as a microcosm of, and a model for, a liberal arts education.
How are books selected?
The Summer Common Reading book is selected based on many different criteria. The book must:
- be recent
- have literary merit and value
- address themes of change or transition
- foster intercultural understanding
- raise important issues
- be engaging
2024 Summer Common Reading
The 2024 Summer Common Reading Selection will be announced in May 2024.
All incoming first-year students are mailed a copy of the book as part of a larger summer mailing in mid-June.
Summer Common Reading Response
Incoming First Year students are required to submit answers in response to prompts about the book. Students are mailed the instructions along with the book as part of a larger Orientation mailing in late June. Students do not need to purchase the book
Past Summer Common Reading Selections
Please direct any questions about the Summer Common Reading to Dana Jansma, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Dean of the First-Year. email@example.com