Summer Reading Program
Miami welcomes new students to its engaged community of learners through the Summer Reading Program. In this important tradition, now 32 years old, we underline those activities we value most as a community: critical engagement with ideas; close interaction among faculty, staff, and students; and reading, listening, reflecting, talking, and learning as characteristics of active, responsible citizenship. As students' introduction to the types of dialogues they will engage in here with other learners, the summer reading program asks students to read a book during the summer and to return to campus in August prepared to discuss it with their fellow students and others in breakout sessions that immediately follow the Convocation ceremony.
Become a Discussion Facilitator
Volunteer faculty and staff discussion facilitators play a critical role in making the post-Convocation ceremony discussions meaningful experiences for our new students. As a discussion facilitator, you will be provided a copy of the book and paired with a Residential Advisor to co-facilitate a discussion group of approximately 25 students. We are currently accepting facilitator sign-up forms.
After you sign up, please come to the Office of Liberal Education in 313 Laws Hall to pick up your complementary copy of the book. You will be added to a Niihka site for discussion facilitators that contains resources such as example discussion topics, an open forum and chat room for you to connect with other facilitators, and articles, links, and other information regarding the book, author, topic, and related activities on campus. Room assignments for the post-Convocation discussions will also be posted to the site closer to Convocation Day. Please also take a look at the Miami University Summer Reading 2013 Facebook page.
You will be invited to attend a facilitator meeting the day before Convocation, where the author will discuss the book and answer questions. Convocation 2013 will be held on Friday, August 23 at 9:00 AM in the South Residential Quad. Discussion groups will assemble immediately following the Convocation ceremony. Please head to your assigned room directly from Convocation.
Summer Reading 2013 book: Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
by Jane McGonigal
What is the book about?
The book examines features of games that make them so attractive, how those features might indicate aspects of the world in need of change, and how the motivational aspects of games can be used to produce that change. The author, who will speak at this year’s Convocation, identifies ways the power of games can be used to address real-world challenges in people’s lives, their businesses, and their communities. Jane McGonigal outlines some of the theories guiding the book in her TED talk.
From Amazon: “A visionary game designer reveals how we can harness the power of games to boost global happiness. With 174 million gamers in the United States alone, we now live in a world where every generation will be a gamer generation. But why, Jane McGonigal asks, should games be used for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking book, she shows how we can leverage the power of games to fix what is wrong with the real world—from social problems like depression and obesity to global issues like poverty and climate change—and introduces us to cutting-edge games that are already changing the business, education, and nonprofit worlds. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, Reality Is Broken shows that the future will belong to those who can understand, design, and play games.”
Why this book?
We hope this reading will help participants in this year’s program reflect on their own roles ascritical, compassionate, and creative citizens of Miami University and of all the places they hopeto influence now and in the future. For people who already consider themselves gamers, thisbook can help deepen your understanding of what motivates you and what you might do withthat motivation. For others, the book provides insights not only into gaming but into aspects oflife that might be reinvigorated and even fundamentally altered for the better by the power of games.