The Summer 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 over the summer for the start of their Fall Semester.

This book will be provided free of charge to all first-year incoming students for the Class of 2022. Books will be distributed during the June Orientation Sessions, and made available to all those who are unable to attend. 


Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Cover of Between the World and Me

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.