Sunday, May 17, 2009

Summer Reading Gains Momentum

For students starting college, June is the time to open the book their college has asked them to finish before classes start.

Nationwide, hundreds of colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, assign first-year students to read a book over the summer, hoping to create a sense of community and engage students intellectually.

The range of books colleges use is enormous, covering fiction and nonfiction: readable, cheap, short and engaging. Often, it is a national best seller with an aspect of some multicultural encounter.

For example, at the University of Florida were distributed 7,000 copies of Tracy Kidder's book "Mountains Beyond Mountains" The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World," a story about a single-minded doctor's fight against multidrug - resistant tuberculosis in Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia. The author will speak at campus and students gain their summer reading momentum.

At ITT Teh Miami, we are talking about Michael Connelly's books on criminal justice aspect. Michael Connelly is a Floridian, and he is President of the mystery fiction literature association.
It will be great to invite Mr. Connelly to speak on campus to provide our first-year class with a common intellectual base, and promote certain values about leadership, ethics and service

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