Invitation: Beach Books Report Launch with Keynote by Mark Bauerlein

National Association of Scholars

NAS and First Things invite you to the release of

Beach Books 2014-2016
What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

Keynote: Mark Bauerlein
Professor of English at Emory University and Senior Editor at First Things Magazine

Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars

Ashley Thorne, Executive Director, National Association of Scholars, author of Beach Books 2010-2014

David Randall, Director of Communications, National Association of Scholars; author of Beach Books 2014-2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM

Light refreshments will be provided.

First Things, 35 East 21st Street #600, New York, NY 10010


About the report

For the past six years, the National Association of Scholars has surveyed what books colleges and universities assign as common reading—often a summer reading selection for incoming freshmen. For many students, this is the only book they will read in common with all their classmates.

For the first time, the NAS will hold an event to launch our report on these “beach books.” Our findings are cause for concern: schools seldom assign classic texts, and the books they assign fall within a narrow genre: parochial, contemporary, commercial, optimistic, juvenile, obsessed with suffering, and progressive.


Space is limited. RSVP here to secure your seat. 


For media inquiries, please contact David Randall, author of Beach Books 2014-2016, at 917-551-6770 or [email protected]

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