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 obtain the right mindset for the college experience. 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.
In the coming months, a Life of the Mind Committee of faculty, staff, and students will begin reviewing many books to select a common reading experience for the Class of 2021. To help them get started, the committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 LOM book.
Criteria for selecting Life of the Mind books are as follows:
Thematic Criteria – Must meet one or more of these criteria
- Global – Themes expressed in the book should expose students to international cultures, people, or issues.
- Transition – Themes expressed in the book should represent some aspect of transition that can be related to the first-year experience at UT.
- Current – Themes expressed in the book should have some element of relevancy to current events in our society.
- The author must be alive, available, and affordable
- The book should be less than 350 pages and cost less than $20.