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Message Archive

Monday, November 24, 2014


This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.

For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.


From:  David Christy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Freshman Text Selection Committee has begun the process of picking a common reading for the fall 2015 incoming freshman class. I invite you to suggest titles for what will be our fifteenth annual freshman text.

This activity is one of the few opportunities for the entire Baruch community to engage together in a shared intellectual pursuit. All entering freshmen receive a free copy of the selected text and are asked to read it prior to attending the fall Convocation where the text is the subject of the keynote address. This year the committee is particularly looking for titles that:

  • students will be eager to read on their own over the summer and discuss;
  • will challenge students intellectually;
  • faculty members can incorporate into their course reading lists;
  • can be discussed across the disciplines;
  • have not already appeared on most high school reading lists;
  • ideally do not exceed 300-350 pages.

In addition, we are looking for titles particularly by living authors who might be invited to speak at Convocation. The speaker this past August, Mohsin Hamid, author of the freshman text for fall 2014, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, was impressive; several students have spoken about the thrill of hearing from (and in some cases meeting) an author.

The committee welcomes one or two suggestions per individual (rather than a complete list of your favorite books!)  For a complete listing of past titles selected as the freshman reading, go to:


If you would like to recommend a book for consideration, please send an email to Shadia Sachedina ( no later than December 11. The committee will then meet to determine a short list of titles from all suggestions received by the deadline and announce its decision by early spring 2015. The committee has set up this timeline in order to provide faculty with sufficient advance notice to incorporate