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News & Notes: Class of 2018 assigned “Meaning in Life and Why It Matters” as Pre-Read book

University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 chose Susan Wolf’s book “Meaning in Life and Why It Matters” for the Class of 2018 Pre-Read.

Members of the Class of 2018 will receive a free copy of the assigned book for their first college assignment in the mail this summer.

During freshman week, Wolf will participate in a panel discussion about her book with other faculty members. Throughout the academic year, the Class of 2018 will have many opportunities to engage in intellectual discussions with their peers and with Eisgruber in the residential colleges.

The Pre-Read began at the University last year as one of Eisgruber’s first acts as president. The practice of assigning a specific book to incoming freshmen has been in place at many institutions, such as Harvard and Cornell.

For the Class of 2017, Eisgruber assigned “The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen.” The book was published by philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, who has since retired from the University.

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