Summer Reading Program

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Miami welcomes new students to its engaged community of learners through the Summer Reading Program. In this important tradition, now 37 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 the Summer Reading book selection during the summer and to return to campus in August prepared to discuss it with their fellow students and others in breakout sessions.

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After careful consideration of many fine suggestions, Miami's Summer Reading Program Committee has selected Stephanie Anderson's One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture, a 2019 publication, for our incoming Class of 2023. A personal story of the author's journey throughout America's farming communities, Anderson studies and reports on efforts to adapt our current food production to more sustainable, climate friendly, and healthy practices.

Student's on the committee commented, "this book conveyed a lot of information, but in an easy-to-read, enjoyable way. I really liked how it was organized with multiple different perspectives and short stories. I think that its consideration of diverse farming methods could provide a source for interesting discussions" (Caroline); "this [book] was awesome! I loved how she piques your curiosity by giving insight into her farming background and admiting that it was wrong. I also learned something after reading two other sustainable farming books!" (Amelia).

The book relates to all of us as consumers of food and as citizens of the world, to the need for healthy lifestyles, and to promote efforts on our campus to provide responsible food choices in procurement, preparation, and presentation.

Room assignments for the Summer Reading Program discussions will also be announced closer to August 23, 2019.

There will be a facilitator workshop with Peggy Shaffer and Inaki Pradanos-Garcia on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 4:00pm in 322 McGuffey Hall. They will be presenting ideas for running discussion groups.

There will also be a facilitator meeting with Stephanie Anderson, the author/convocation speaker, on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 9:00am in 100 Laws Hall, where we will discuss the book and answer questions. Discussion groups will meet on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11:15am following the University College Welcomes.

Facilitators can pick up a copy of One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture in 315A Laws Hall, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm beginning the week of finals.

Convocation 2019 will be held on Sunday, August 25, at 3:00 pm. The convocation speaker will be Stephanie Anderson, author of One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture.