Register Now: Beach Books 2016-2017 Launch

National Association of Scholars

Registration is now open for the launch of

Beach Books 2016-2017
What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

Peter Wood
, President, National Association of Scholars

Wight Martindale, Jr., adjunct professor in the Honors Program at Villanova University

David Randall, Director of Communications, National Association of Scholars

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception at 6 P.M. 

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


About this event:

For the past eight 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.

The NAS will hold an event to launch our report on these “beach books.” Our findings this year focus on examining the institutional structures within colleges and universities that ensure that common readings fall within a narrow genre: parochial, contemporary, juvenile, and progressive. We make specific recommendations for how to reform college institutions so as to select better common readings.


This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP here to secure your seat. 


For media inquiries, please contact David Randall, author of Beach Books 2016-2017, at 917-551-6770 or [email protected].

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