Overview: Summer Reading Program
On several occasions UNC administrators and faculty have touted the importance of academic freedom in defending book selections for the Summer Reading Program. Established in 1999, the program seeks to provide a shared learning experience for all incoming students and to prepare them to discuss different points of view. Students read the same book over the summer and participate in small group discussions led by trained faculty and staff the day before classes begin. Books are selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students. Selections have included twelve works of nonfiction and one work of fiction. The nonfiction works have dealt with such topics as Islam, poverty, the death penalty, wrongful conviction, and civil rights. The selection for 2013 is Home, a novel by Toni Morrison.