Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has been chosen as the 2017 Life of the Mind book.
Life of the Mind News
When freshman Mason Davis contemplated what he’d do for his Life of the Mind project on this year’s common reading selection, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, two things came to mind: cake and chocolate.
The course of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s life was changed by reading a book. So it was especially fitting that Kelly, a UT alumnus who spent an unprecedented year in space about the International Space Station, spoke to freshmen during the annual celebration of Life of the Mind, a shared reading experience that is part of First-Year Studies 100.
Campus will be bustling next week with 7,100 students heading to Big Orange Country to move into residence halls for the fall semester. Move-in day for most first-year students begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13. Classes start Wednesday, August 17.
Tickets to attend the August 15 Life of the Mind event featuring Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will be available starting August 1.
Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will help launch the 2016-17 academic year UT by speaking at the annual Welcome Week Life of the Mind celebration at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 15.
First-Year Studies is seeking nearly 200 discussion leaders for the 2016 Life of the Mind program.
Margaret Lazarus Dean’s book Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight—which has been chosen as the 2016-17 Life of the Mind book—was named one of the Top Books of 2015 by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Associate Professor of English Margaret Lazarus Dean will be the next Life of the Mind selection that next year’s freshmen will be asked to read prior to arriving on campus in fall 2016.
The First-Year Studies program is partnering with Cristina Henriquez, the author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, The Book of Unknown Americans, and inviting the Knoxville community to participate in “The Unknown Americans Project” on Tumblr. The aim of the project is to shed light on the often untold stories of immigrants in America.