The First Year Reading Program is a new student’s first introduction to the academic life of the university. Each year the selected book is integrated into foundation courses from each academic college for discussion as a way for students to engage with the book's themes both inside and outside the classroom. All UVM first-year students are required to read the selected book for the start of their first semester.
The books for 2019, and the Class of 2023, have not yet been announced.
2018: Class of 2022
This book was provided free of charge to all first-year incoming students for the Class of 2022. Books were distributed during Summer Orientation Sessions, and made available to all those who are unable to attend.
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Written in the form of a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me is a deeply personal account of what it means to be black in America, and the role race plays in society. It is a timely book for us all, particularly as we work together on campus for understanding and addressing race-related issues in society.
Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by newspapers and magazines across the country, Between the World and Me won the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Coates’s book offers a timely exploration of both the lived experience of race and the structural consequences of racism, weaving together individual experiences and broad insights. As such, the book models critical inquiry, offering students and all of us at UVM an example of what it means to pursue ideas and their consequences, drawing on multiple disciplinary perspectives.
About the Author:
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.