UT wants students to know ‘Everything Matters!’Written by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
A student’s freshman year of college is often a year of firsts, their first steps toward a future career, their first time away from home, their first taste of freedom away from mom and dad and thanks the University of Toledo; it is also their introduction to First Read. This year’s First Read book is Ron Curry Jr.’s “Everything Matters!”
So what exactly is First Read? Here’s a little info from the University of Toledo’s website.
“The First Read Program is a partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and the UT Learning Collaborative that brings incoming students together to provide a common reading experience that will introduce students to a part of their academic life while developing a strong sense of community with their fellow students, faculty and staff, both inside and outside the classroom.”
“We try to get students talking about the same issues and social events by creating a dialogue through the use of the assigned text. By engaging them, students they are able to see things differently, to debate. What we do with our lives matters and that starts with reading and writing. This program is a great conversation starter. A lot of universities have First Read programs,” said Jennifer Rockwood, Director of UT’s First Year Experience program. “I think that “Everything Matters!” is a good fit for our program because it touches on everything, from mortality to drug addiction, to family.”
Curry will be speaking on the college campus on Tuesday, September 20, at 4pm in Doermann Theatre. He had this to say about his own writing and the First Read.
“My book is obviously a metaphor for how we deal with mortality. I don’t see it as a young adult novel, but simply as a coming of age story. I think it’s interesting that programs like this use fiction when we keep hearing that the novel is dying, My books are my way of dealing with how I think about things, but far as what students will take away from my work and the First Read experience, I want them to see that fiction still has value, both in terms of entertainment and cultural growth.”
Curry is also the author of “God Is Dead.” His presentation is free and open to the public. UT’s First Read program also includes live sessions, twitter feeds, an essay contest, and even an “End of the World” party.
For more information, visit www.utoledo.edu/coil/fye/first-read.html or call 419-530-2330.