Source: The Atlantic

University common reading programs this year have launched their summer reading lists, and there are some interesting choices that overlap across many universities.

Common themes and subject matters include Civil Rights, Racism, and Slavery, Crime and Punishment, and African American themes especially.

But a report from the National Association of Scholars (NAS) says that “the growing concentration of the common reading genre’s preferred subject matters and themes registers an ever lessening intellectual diversity.”

The report applauds universities that deviated from those topics and criticized universities that heavily assign readings in those categories, saying “where common readings most pride themselves on diversity, they are most homogenous.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s summer reading books for higher education:

– All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation (Assigned by Grand Valley State University)

– Between the World and Me (Assigned by North Carolina State University)

– Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Assigned by Carroll College)

– What Is Populism? (Assigned by Princeton University)

Read full story at: The Atlantic


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Here’s This Year’s Summer Reading List for Higher Ed