The 2015–16 Life of the Mind book will be The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a fictional tale about two immigrant families—one from Mexico and one from Panama—who come to America in search of better lives.
Life of the Mind News
The Life of the Mind Program is seeking suggestions for its 2015–16 common reading selection for first-year students. A Ready for the World initiative, Life of the Mind is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course that helps first-year students develop the right mindset for the college experience. As part of the course, students read the Life of the Mind book, submit a creative response, participate in a small-group discussion session, and attend a lecture by the book’s author.
Daytripper, an award-winning Brazilian graphic narrative that offers a powerful examination of life, love, and other timeless themes, will be UT’s 2014 Life of the Mind book. The Life of the Mind Program is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course that helps first-year students transition successfully to college.
Noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, whose latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, is this year’s Life of the Mind selection for freshmen, will speak on campus on Monday. His lecture, part of Welcome Week, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. While freshmen are required to attend McKibben’s lecture, the event is free and open to the public.
IBM surveyed leaders from thirty-three different industries in sixty countries to determine their most highly valued professional trait. The answer? Creativity. UT will celebrate creativity during the 2014-15 academic year by making creativity the theme of that year’s Life of the Mind book. A committee of faculty, staff, and students will review many books to select a common reading experience for the Class of 2018, centered on the theme of the creativity. The committee is seeking book nominations from the campus community.
With a large first-year class expected this fall, the Life of the Mind Program needs additional faculty and staff members to serve as discussion group leaders. Life of the Mind is UT’s common reading experience for all first-year students. About thirty more faculty and staff members are needed to serve as leaders. Discussion Leader training will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on August 13 and 14. Participants can attend one of the sessions.
Faculty and staff members are invited to sign up to lead Life of the Mind small-group discussions during Welcome Week in the fall. Next year’s common reading selection is Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. McKibben will be on campus August 19 to speak to first-year students as well as members of the university and surrounding community. Discussion leader training will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 and 14. Discussion leaders can attend either session.
The world is “melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning” because of destructive environmental changes, and we must alter our ways if we want to keep the planet habitable for ourselves and future generations. That’s the warning from noted environmentalist Bill McKibben in his latest book, Eaarth. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet will be next year’s Life of the Mind common reading selection for UT freshmen.
Eric Liu, author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, will visit campus Tuesday to address the Class of 2016. Liu will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is open to the public and free parking is available in G-10 parking garage.
Although UT will soon welcome the Class of 2016, First-Year Studies program organizers are already looking ahead to next year and want your input in selecting the common reading book for the Class of 2017. FYS has announced that its Life of the Mind program for the Class of 2017 will focus on environmental sustainability.