Summer Reading Program

Students cheer on the Redhawks during a sporting event at Miami University.

Miami welcomes new students to its engaged community of learners through the Summer Reading Program. In this important tradition, now 36 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 various articles and icons 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.

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Volunteer faculty and staff discussion facilitators play a critical role in making the post-Convocation ceremony discussions meaningful experiences for our new students.

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After you sign up, you will have access to various articles and icons that have been assembled for this year's Summer Reading Program discussion groups in preparation for Wil Haygood's speech at the 2018 Convocation and the national launch of Wil Haygood's brand new novel Tigerland: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing, not scheduled for release until October 2018. During the summer, please review the materials listed below and choose two or three that you find especially interesting. After Convocation, we will gather in small groups and ask each of you to share your thoughts on the readings or other works you chose. Room assignments for the post-Convocation discussions will also be announced closer to Convocation Day.

Readings for the Summer



You will be invited to attend a facilitator meeting the day before Convocation, where an expert or perhaps the Convocation speaker will discuss the book and answer questions.

Facilitators can pick up a copy of Tigerland: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing at the Brick & Ivy Campus Store in August.

Convocation 2018 will be held on Friday, August 24, at 9:00 am. Discussion groups will follow immediately after Convocation. The convocation speaker will be Wil Haygood, a 1976 Miami Graduate who has earned national accolades for his journalism and biographies. He is most famous, perhaps, for the short story that led to The Butler—an award winning filmand his biographies of Thurgood Marshall, Sugar Ray Robinson, Adam Clayton Powell, and Sammy Davis, Jr.