The Common Reading Initiative introduce you to the academic and intellectual culture of the college through a shared reading experience. A committee of faculty, staff and current JSC students meet over the course of the fall and spring semesters to choose a book for the entire incoming class to read during the summer. During Orientation Weekend, you will meet with a small group of other new students and a faculty or staff facilitator to discuss some aspect of what you read, not only giving you the chance to hear about what others got from the book, but also giving you a first taste of college-level discussion of literary ideas and themes.
It goes beyond one session at Orientation, however. Over the course of the fall semester, you will have many opportunities to share and compare ideas about the common book. Your peer Orientation Leaders, as well as many faculty and staff, will also have read the book, providing a broad base for discussion and integration into the JSC community — don’t be surprised if the book comes up again in one or more or your classes!
Additionally, many of the lectures, discussions, exhibits, films and concerts that take place during the fall are specifically chosen complement the book.
Books will be provided to first-year students by the college during Summer Orientation and all incoming students are expected to have read and given some thought to the book so that they can be an active participant in discussion.