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Summer reading for incoming first-year students

Each year at Augustana, all incoming first-year students read a common book during the summer before their arrival on campus as an initiation into the college's intellectual community. The faculty who teach "Liberal Studies First Year (LSFY) 101: Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts" have selected "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin as this year's Augie Reads text.

The Augie Reads book is integrated into the first-year academic program. All LSFY classes taught in the fall will use the book and the required summer writing assignment about the book as part of their common curriculum during the first few weeks of each course. 

You can buy the novel when you come to campus for Orientation & Registration. You'll receive a reading guide and a short writing assignment during Orientation & Registration. You will read the book over the summer and bring the book and your completed paper to campus in the fall. 

During Welcome Week in the fall, you will attend a faculty panel discussion about the book, and participate in a discussion with your LSFY 101 classmates, led by your LSFY 101 professor. You will turn in the paper to your professor on the first day of class. The paper will be used as part of writing instruction in the first few weeks of class, so it is your first college homework assignment.

This book is a compelling read. The LSFY 101 faculty look forward to discussing and analyzing it with you, and the rest of the class of 2019. If you have any questions, email Augie Reads chair Katie Hanson.