First Readings

First Readings is Brown's summer reading project for all new students. Launched in 2007, the program provides a common reading experience that introduces new students to the University and to the pleasures and rigors of undergraduate academic life. The program is sponsored by the Dean of the College and Brown's Alumni Association.

Students receive their first reading over the summer and write letters to their advisors on an aspect of it that they find particularly compelling, difficult, or curious. In this way, they begin a dialogue with their first-year advisors about their academic interests and their expectations for life at Brown. During Orientation, students meet in small groups for seminar discussions led by faculty and upper-level administrators. Special events, including author visits, exhibits, and lectures, extend first readings discussions well into the fall term.

Click on the link below to learn more about First Readings, including this year's book and related programming.