First-Year Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Suggest a Book

Suggest a Book

The Life of the Mind Program, which is a Ready for the World initiative, is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course that helps first-year students make a successful transition to college. As part of the course, students read the Life of the Mind book, submit a creative response, participate in a small-group discussion session and attend a lecture by the book’s author.

The Vol Vision plan explains: “As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.”

In the coming months, a Life of the Mind Committee of faculty, staff, and students will review many books to select a common reading experience for the Class of 2019. To help them get started, the committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 LOM book.

Life of the Mind books should

·         Expose students to the Ready for the World international and intercultural initiative,
·         Represent a transition or journey that can be related in some way to the first-year experience at UT,
·         Target specific campus initiatives or current global events
·         Have an author/editor/representative that is living and able to come to campus
·         Ideally be less than 350 pages and cost less than $20.

The final selection will be announced during the spring 2015 semester.

If you have questions about the book selection process or the LOM program, please contact Jason Mastrogiovanni, Director of First Year Studies, at

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