First-year Common Reading for the Class of 2023 is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
Station Eleven grapples with many of today's big issues including sustainability, health, law, and nationality. Related the to major themes, Sigrid Nunez states "Survival may indeed be insufficient, but does it follow that our love of art can save us? If "Station Eleven" reveals little insight into the effects of extreme terror and misery on humanity, it offers comfort and hope to those who believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and that when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old."
The Class of 2023 will receive their books in a summer mailing. During New Student Orientation first-year students will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with other members of the Class of 2023 to discuss the book with professors, staff and upperclass students.