SMU Reads

SMU Reads | 2018 Announcement

After a review of the many book suggestions submitted from across campus, the SMU Reads Selection Committee announces next fall’s selection—Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl, first published in 2016.

Today we ask that you consider signing up below to become a discussion leader for the SMU Reads Discussion event that will take place in the Residential Commons on Sunday, August 19, 2018—the day before fall classes begin. This campus-wide reading event takes place early in the afternoon, prior to Convocation. The SMU Reads Selection Committee also welcomes your suggestions below for the 2019-2020 SMU Reads selection.

Provost Steven Currall and I encourage you to accept the invitation to be involved with our incoming undergraduates in this important way. This initial experience should help set the tone for a productive college career for our newest students. It does not matter what school you are from or whether you normally work only with graduate or professional students. It does not matter whether you are active or emeritus. We really want our new students to interact with faculty and staff in a substantive way from the very beginning of their time on campus.

To implement our campus-wide experience, we have organized these events:

  • Friday, May 4, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: SMU Reads Experience launch at the Fondren Library Starbucks. Come by and learn more about the book.

  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.: SMU Reads discussions at the Residential Commons.

  • Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.: SMU Reads Event with Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences at McFarlin Auditorium. Dr. McNutt will give a talk hosted by Krys Boyd, of KERA's "Think".  This event is free and open to the public. See SMU's news release for additional information.

Please join us as we seek to make this year’s SMU Reads Experience a campus-wide discussion.

Peter K. Moore
Associate Provost for Curricular Innovation and Policy

Special thanks to the following contributors: Al and Sadye Gartner Honors Lecture Series, The Scott Hawkins Lecture Fund in the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, SMU Reads, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, and Office of the Associate Provost for Curricular Innovation and Policy.