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First-Year Book Program

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Session locations are listed in the New Student Days packet 

2 Starbucks gift cards will be raffled at each session.

The First-Year Book Program is a common reading experience that aims to acquaint new undergraduate students with the Drexel experience. Students are assigned a book to read over the summer to prepare for faculty-led book discussions during New Student Days. Though not mandatory, participation is strongly encouraged. The program provides an opportunity for students to make new friends and talk with a Drexel professor before the school year begins.

2013 Book Selection

Book CoverThis year's book selection is Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire.

Pollan's book offers a multidisciplinary perspective on humans’ interconnected relationship with some familiar and fascinating plants, which will make for lively discussion between students and faculty from across the disciplines. 

Students are asked to purchase the book to read over the summer. It is available for purchase at the Drexel Barnes & Noble bookstore. There is also an excellent PBS documentary film based on Pollan's book.


Program Goals

The First-Year Book Program will help students to:

  • Understand that Drexel is a learning community guided by common learning priorities
  • Embrace reading, writing, and comprehension as significant, cross-curricular components of the Drexel experience
  • Explore relevant societal issues through a variety of disciplinary perspectives

New Student Days Event

Students attend one of the many faculty-facilitated book discussions during New Student Days.

  • Date: Friday, September 20
  • Time: 8:45 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Location: Various

Program Committee

First-Year Book Committee: Nancy Bellafante (University Libraries), Chris Finnin (LeBow), Tasha Gardner (AARD), Dominic Gullo (SoE), Rebecca Ingalls (CoAS), Deanna Schaffer (CNHP), Lori Severino (SoE), and Rachael Switalski (CoE)

Special thanks to our colleagues from English & Philosophy who selected this year’s book: AndrĂ© Carrington, Gabriella Ibieta, Rebecca Ingalls, Chris Nielson, Karen Nulton, Flavia Padovani, and Gail Rosen

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