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Announcing the FYRE 2020-2021 Selection

First Year Experience is excited to announce the 2020-2021 FYRE (First Year Reading Experience) selection. After a campus-wide vote, this year's book will be:

"Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's" by John Elder Robison.

Robison's memoir explores what it means to be different while facing and conquering the challenges that one encounters along the way. Both moving and humorous, "Look Me in the Eye" asks us to consider how we see ourselves and how we form connections with others.   

The First Year Reading Experience at Salem State University was founded in 2009 and brings together students, faculty, and staff in a common experience through the reading of a book selected by the entire university community.  "Look Me in the Eye" is the twelfth book selected and continues the program's theme of exploring social justice issues while asking students to consider and ultimately talk about what their first year of college will look like.   

The Class of 2024 will participate in discussion groups with faculty and staff the day before fall classes begin and provided the opportunity to attend a range of programs and events connected to the themes of the book throughout the entire academic year.  In addition, many first-year classes will incorporate the book into their curriculum and students will be able to submit essays as part of the FYRE Scholarship program.

Mathew R Chetnik
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