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Summer Reading Program

Freshman Summer Reading Program

Welcome members of the Class of 2027!

Welcome members of the Class of 2027! It is a tradition for incoming students to engage with summer reading before they arrive to campus. This year Ben U professors have selected five articles that are linked by a common theme of Hospitality, one of the Ten Hallmarks of Benedictine Education.

The Benedictine Hallmark of Hospitality is a patient and generous call to openness. We experience hospitality in two ways, as hosts and as guests. As hosts, we practice hospitality when we welcome others in, both friends and strangers; as guests, we wait and listen for our invitation to join. In the spirit of Benedictine Hospitality, we present this selection of summer reading to welcome you to the intellectual culture of the University.

The following readings range across the disciplines and explore the theme of Hospitality from many perspectives.

  • An article from Forbes about combatting loneliness in the workplace, introduced by Professor Julie Bjorkman, College of Business.
  • An important perspective on Hospitality within the Catholic Worker Movement, introduced by Professor Rita George-Tvrtković, College of Liberal Arts.
  • A selection of articles and audio recordings featuring the Oakdale Community Choir introduced by Professor Allen Legutki, College of Liberal Arts.
  • A journal article examining the professional and personal relationship between two cosmologists, introduced by Professor Matthew Wiesner, College of Science & Health.
  • An article from The American Mathematical Society that calls for a “liberated mathematics classroom,” introduced by Professor Ellen Ziliak, College of Science & Health.

Your professors encourage you to think critically over the summer about the importance of Hospitality. At the freshman orientation, Ben Beginnings, you will attend a panel discussion among those professors to continue the conversation. Before the start of the semester, you will submit a writing assignment that reflects on the readings and the theme of Benedictine Hospitality.

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Gregory Ott
Director of the Writing Program & Discover CoLA
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