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“The book inspired me to follow my own heart a little more and figure out what I want to do in life.” — Natalie Parker, Class of 2019
“Community Read gave me a social environment in which to start conversations and build friendships.” — Tristan Sommerville, Class of 2020
“Being able to get together with my peers and talk about the project was a lot of fun!” — Tony Camisi, Class of 2019
The Summer Community Read program, offered only at ASU’s West campus, offers incoming freshman students an opportunity to connect with their fellow students and the community through a shared reading over the summer months.
Founded in 2012, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences’ Community Read program has attracted authors such as Ernest Cline (“Ready Player One”), Adam Braun (“Promise of a Pencil”), and Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton: The Revolution”) to ASU’s West campus. Students are asked to read the shared text, and then create a personal response to articulate the emotions and ideas the text instilled in them. These projects can take the form of poems, artistic expressions, musical acts, essays, and videos.
The student responses are then shared in a showcase event prior to a keynote speech from the author of the shared text. This allows West campus freshman students, who come from all over the world, to have a shared experience that bonds them in the critical first few months of college.
The 2018 Summer Community Read program features Every Day by David Levithan. Information on the keynote speech and student showcase will be released soon.