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Life of the Mind

Life of the Mind is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a zero-credit pass-fail class that gives students their first taste of college studies. Life of the Mind is the first assignment as a student at the University of Tennessee. Students should approach the program seriously, with a willingness to study the book and then join in—and learn from—discussion with others. This program not only unites the first-year class in an act of scholarship but also sets the tone for a student’s entire career here at UT. Life of the Mind allows students to develop skills and make connections crucial for success at UT and beyond.

Through reading together, we learn and pursue the life of the mind at Tennessee.

Reading builds community.

Reading builds the UT Freshmen Class.


2017 Book Selection – Station Eleven

The Office of First-Year Studies is excited to announce that Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel will be the selection that the class of 2021 reads prior to arriving on campus in the fall.

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

A science fiction novel that takes place during a fictional swine flu pandemic, the book won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. It was nominated for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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