Your student will soon be heading off to Washington University. As a parent or family member, you are likely experiencing many of the same feelings of pride, nervousness, and excitement as your child. While you and your family savor the last few pre-University months, we are busy preparing to welcome your student to the Washington University community with many interesting and thought-provoking programs which will take place during Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation and beyond. One such activity is the Common Reading Program.
The Common Reading Program will serve as your student’s entry into the world of academia. Before leaving home, students will read the book Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Your student will be challenged to think creatively and encouraged to submit an entry for the Common Reading Program contest. In doing so, incoming students will receive a taste of the exciting academic and intellectual adventures yet to come.
On Friday, August 24th, as part of the 15th annual Common Reading Program, students will participate in dynamic and thought-provoking small-group discussions of the book led by University faculty and staff. Additional programming events related to the themes explored in the book will continue throughout the academic year.
The Common Reading Program aims:
to introduce students to the spirit of inquiry and debate that is integral to the Washington University academic community.
to provide a common intellectual experience for incoming students, as well as participating members of the faculty and staff.
to provide an opportunity for students to meet and interact with a member of the Washington University faculty in an informal discussion, outside the boundaries of the classroom and formal academic requirements.
During Parent & Family Weekend, you will have the opportunity to participate in a recap of what happened during the Common Reading Program faculty-led discussions and to share your own thoughts related to Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Members of the Washington University faculty will provide information on the program, share what transpired in their individual discussion groups and discuss their perspectives on the book. All parents & families are encouraged to attend and participate in the event. As more information about the event becomes available, it will be posted on the Parent & Family Weekend website.
Additional information about parent and family events, campus news and resources, ways you can give back to the University community and contact information can be found on the First Year Center Parent and Family Resources Website.