Contact Western Reads

Dawn Dietrich

Dawn Dietrich
Director, Western Reads
Professor, English Dept.

About Western Reads

  • Western Reads is a campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement, community and conversation among new students. The program serves Western's mission of promoting "Engaged Excellence" by bringing together teaching, scholarship and community service in a liberal arts, student-centered context.

  • The Western Reads program introduces new students to the intellectual communities and conversations of the university, including the variety of perspectives and forms of inquiry provided by the disciplines and the diverse students, faculty and staff that make up the Western experience. Copies of the book are provided free to incoming freshman and transfer students during Summerstart and Transitions.

  • Western Reads offers students the opportunity to engage in formal and informal conversation about each year's book choice through a range of activities and events. These include academic courses; interdisciplinary faculty and community-based panel discussions; brown bag forums; faculty-led dinner-discussions; guest speakers; contests and fan events; and exchanges with the author, who generally visits campus to deliver a talk as well as attend forums and meet with classes.
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