Freshman Reading Focuses on Diversity, Racial Equality

Social justice. Climate change. Racial inequality. Immigration. Hunger. While those topics might read like a laundry list of some of the world’s biggest problems, they are just a few of the issues covered in books that are required reading for freshmen at colleges across the country.

Freshman reading programs are popular among institutions, used as a community-building project that helps freshmen to unite academically with a common discussion on one book. The selections are generally skewed toward nonfiction (although fiction is sometimes selected), and choices for this year are no different.

Submitted To Inside Higher Ed by Jacqueline Thomsen on July 22, 2015

Some of the popular choices are:

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Redemption and Justice (top pick) Bryan Stevenson*
  • The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities Will Allen*
  • Bad Feminist: Essays Roxane Gray (on order)
  • Garbolgoy: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash  Edward Humes*
  • Station Eleven Emilty St. John Mandel*
  • The Other Wes Moore Wes Moore*
  • Enrique’s Journey Sonia Nazario*
  • Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway*
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  Michelle Alexander*
  • Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates*

*in the Hoffman Family Library collection