Speakers at 2016 First-Year Experience Events


We’re celebrating another wonderful year of successful First-Year Experience events! Take a look at some of this year’s popular book selections and speakers hosted by programs across the country.

2016 First-Year Experience Event Highlights

Emily St. John Mandel at Centre College, Rutgers University, University of St. Thomas, Virginia Tech, and Western Michigan University


“Our Summer Reading Event was wonderful. Emily St. John Mandel was a pleasure to meet and the students thoroughly enjoyed her lecture. Afterwards, the students were lined up waiting to have their books signed….” —Rutgers University

Cristina Henríquez at Bunker Hill Community College, Gettysburg College, Stony Brook University, and University of Houston-Clear Lake


“…Cristina’s visit was a smash hit. The book was warmly received; she made everyone comfortable and was exceedingly charming and warm.” —Gettysburg College


Will Allen at The College of New Jersey and Westfield State University

“The event was fabulous! Everyone fell in love with Will. We had a huge crowd, about 1100. When I walked Will into the gym, the minute he was through the door the students broke into applause and at the end they gave him a standing ovation. Thank you for all your help, hope we work together again!” —Westfield State University

Karen Joy Fowler at Luther College


“Karen’s visit at Luther College was simply wonderful. Students and faculty alike responded very well to her convocation talk, which opened the semester beautifully. She had an important message for students, one that reinforced the themes of our first-year course. Her talk was also clever and memorable for the faculty, staff and community audience. We appreciated her generous interactions with advanced student writers and with first year students—even with a long, long line of students waiting to have their book signed! It was a great event!” —Luther College

Edward Humes at Madisonville Community College


“Mr. Humes was absolutely delightful. Everyone who met and talked with him found him charming and engaging and so easy to talk to. Thanks for everything!” —Madisonville Community College

Additional 2016 First-Year Experience Events

The Postmortal

The Postmortal - Drew Magary

Michigan Technological University

Molloy College

University of Mount Olive

The Underground Girls of Kabul

The Underground Girls of Kabul - Jenny Nordberg

Georgian Court University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Northern Arizona University


Redeployment - Phil Klay

Cardinal Stritch University

Penn State Mount Alto

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

Baruch College

Regis College

People of the Book

People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

Westminster College

For Love of Country

For Love of Country - Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Middle Tennessee State University

Full Body Burden

Full Body Burden - Kristen Iversen

Otterbein University

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore

Virginia Commonwealth University

A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Loyola Marymount University


Undocumented - Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Rutgers University

Looking for Palestine

Looking for Palestine - Najla Said

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Onondaga Community College

The Bosnia List

The Bosnia List - Kenan Trebincevic

Florida State College at Jacksonville