First Year Reading Experience (FYRE)
The First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) at Salem State University connects new students to the university community through a shared reading experience, welcoming them to a culture that values the thoughtful discussion of ideas.
On Opening Day (the day before classes begin in the fall), first year students will meet with faculty, librarians, administrators, staff, and alumni for a conversation about the selected book. Many professors will also incorporate the book and its themes into first year courses and events throughout the academic year.
Stay updated with the conversations by "liking" "FYRE First Year Reading Experience at Salem State University" on facebook.
Have a book idea for Fall 2014? Email us with your suggestion.
After a campus-wide vote, the Salem State University community has selected Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, by Piper Kerman as this year's reading. First year students will receive the book free of charge during orientation and are asked to read it prior to September 3.
For more information, please check out the following links:
Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black being developed into a Netflix original series
Piper Kerman's "Orange is the New Black" Backstory Book Trailer on Youtube
Piper Kerman Interview with a former undercover prison guard on Youtube
Piper Kerman sharing photos from her time in prion via Youtube
ACLU Fact Page about over-incarceration of women
Article about the trend of incarcerating mothers
FYRE is proudly sponsored by First Year Experience, Academic Affairs, and Chartwells.
To request accommodations, please contact the disability services office at 978.542.6217 or firstname.lastname@example.org