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First Year Reading Experience (FYRE)

How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?

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 fyre@salemstate.edu