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First Year Reading Experience (FYRE)

I am Malala

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.

The schedule for opening day and FYRE can be found at salemstate.edu/fyconvocation


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2015 Reading Selection

The semi-finalists have been announced for the fall 2015 First Year Reading Experience book. They are: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu, and Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis.  Cast your vote by Monday March 23 at noon.  Find out more about each book and vote at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FYREVOTE2015

2014 Reading Selection

After a campus-wide vote, the Salem State University community has selected "I am Malala," by Malala Yousafzai 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 2. 

In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban while advocating for girls' rights to an education. Shot in the head as she was returning from school on the bus, she miraculously survived and today continues her world-wide campaign for education. "I am Malala" is a remarkable tale revealing the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. At the age of 16, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Did you know that Salem State University is one of 842 libraries and humanities councils nationwide selected to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf?  Find out more about this project of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative

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Faculty, alumni and staff interested in serving as discussion facilitators on opening day should fill out this quick survey.  

If you are an upperclass student who would like to participate as a discussion facilitator and help with convocation and the rest of opening day, please fill out this form

FYRE is proudly sponsored by first year experience, academic affairs and Chartwells.

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