1.布朗大学: 观影纪录片”Oil & Water”.
BROWN UNIVERSITY: “Oil & Water” directed by Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith
For the first time in the program’s eight-year history, Brown selected a movie instead of a book to unite first-year students in a “common intellectual experience.”
“Oil & Water,” according to the university’s website, is “a coming-of-age story of two boys, from two different backgrounds, confronting one of the world’s worst toxic disasters.”
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: “The Iliad” by Homer
A summer reading of “The Iliad” is a Columbia tradition. It’s read and discussed in students’ first weeks on campus each year, according to the Center for Student Advising.
Richmond Lattimore’s latest translation of Homer’s epic war poem is said to “bring the book into the twenty-first century.”
3. 康奈尔大学：意大利获奖犯罪小说“Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio”
CORNELL UNIVERSITY: “Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio” by Amara Lakhous
Amara Lakhous’ colorful, bittersweet comedy follows the culturally mixed residents of a Rome, Italy apartment building, as the community deals with the mysterious death of a neighbor.
4. 达特茅斯大学：融政治，社会，哲学等思辨题材与一体的“For Common Things”选段.
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE: Excerpts from “For Common Things” by Jedediah Purdy
Jedediah Purdy calls “For Common Things” his “letter of love for the world’s possibilities.”
Professor Erich Ostenberg selected excerpts that reflect the mission of Purdy’s writing: to rally one’s self to the important and complex decisions of the future, and respond in a way that benefits the common good.
5. 普林斯顿大学：哲理书籍“Meaning in Life and Why It Matters. ”
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: “Meaning in Life and Why It Matters” by Susan Wolf
“What makes a life meaningful,” says Princeton President Eisgruber, is at “the heart of a liberal arts education.”
That’s why he selected the book, based on lectures given by alumna Susan Wolf at Princeton in 2007, for the second year of the Princeton Pre-read.
6. 宾夕法尼亚大学：小说“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down”
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman
The Penn Reading Project enters its 24th year with “The Spirit Catches You,” a medical drama relevant to U.S. healthcare today.
Anne Fadiman explores the tragic consequences of cultural misunderstandings, following a Hmong family of refugees who immigrate to California to find their daughter relief from severe epilepsy.