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Summer Reading Program

VCU’s Summer Reading Program introduces incoming students to the academic and intellectual culture of VCU through a common reading experience. Over the summer, students read a select book and discuss it in different settings during freshman year.

When students attend orientation, they are given their own copies of the book and asked to read it before they return to campus in August. During Welcome Week and throughout the academic year, students exchange ideas on the book through small-group discussions led by a faculty member, university administrator or upper-level student. The discussions not only introduce academic dialogue, but also offer opportunities to establish connections with faculty, staff and fellow students.

The 2014-2015 book is The Circle by Dave Eggers

Be sure to see the VCU Libraries Summer Reading Resource Guide for lots of interesting articles about the book, the author, and the topic. You’ll also find resources for prior years’ selections.