Each year at Augustana, all incoming first-year students read a common book during the summer prior to their arrival on campus as an initiation into the college's intellectual community.
The Augie Reads book at Augustana is also integrated into the First Year academic program. All Liberal Studies classes taught in the Fall term use the book as part of the curriculum. Fall programming related to the book occurs on campus. Augie Reads offers a commonly shared experience between students, faculty, and staff at Augustana College.
The faculty who teach "Liberal Studies First Year (LSFY) 101: Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts" have selected Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Never Let Me Go, as this year's Augie Summer Read. This dystopian, sci-fi novel raises ethical questions about the complicated dilemmas that sometimes emerge out of scientific advances.
You can purchase the novel when you come to campus for Summer Connection. Included with the book will be a reading guide AND a short writing assignment. You will read the book over the summer and bring the book and your paper to campus in the Fall.
During Fall Connection, you will attend a faculty panel discussion about the book, and participate in a discussion with your LSFY 101 classmates led by your LSFY 101 professor. You will turn in the paper to your professor on the first day of class. The paper will be used as part of writing instruction in the first few weeks of class, so it is your first college homework assignment.
This book is a compelling read. The LSFY 101 faculty look forward to analyzing it with you, and the rest of the class of 2017.
Note: If you choose to purchase the book elsewhere, please be sure to buy the proper edition using this ISBN: 978-1-4000-7877-6