First Year Reading Experience (FYRE)
The first year reading experience (FYRE) program 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. First-year students will receive the book free of charge at their summer orientation session. On opening day (the day before classes begin in the fall), first-year students meet with faculty, librarians, administrators, staff, and upper-class students for small group conversations about the selected book. Many professors also incorporate the book and its themes into first year courses and events/speakers are planned throughout the entire academic year.
Past FYRE selections include:
- How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (2016)
- Spare Parts (2015)
- I am Malala (2014)
- Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2013)
- The Leftovers (2012)
- SuperFreakonomics (2011)
- Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream (2010)
- Listening is an Act of Love (2009)
To recommend a book to the selection committee for 2017, email the title and author to email@example.com.