Series: Summer Reading

August 01, 2002 Approaching the … Summer Reading Program controversy by Jon Sanders: Approaching the Qur’án: The Early Revelations ignores Islam’s more controversial suras.

August 23, 2002 Approaching the Qur’an — Why Bother? By George Leef: UNC-Chapel Hill’s summer reading controversy

April 01, 2003 A Sneak Peek at This Year’s UNC Summer Reading Program by Jon Sanders: Sanders parodies UNC’s typical summer reading selections.

June 06, 2003 Another Dud for UNC’s Summer Reading Program by George Leef: School selects Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

July 24, 2003 More Unscholarly Summer Reading Choices by Jon Sanders: UNC-CH chooses Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

August 13, 2004 Conservatives Criticize UNC-Chapel Hill Reading Program Again by Jon Sanders: School selects Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

July 18, 2007 An Inconvenient Truth by Steven Hayward: Gore’s environmental picture book assigned as summer reading at Elon

July 20, 2007 College Summer Reading Can Be Useful—Or Not by George Leef and Jenna Ashley Robinson: When done well, summer reading can help students get off to a good start.

April 15, 2008 Blueprint for a Tower of Babel by Jay Schalin: UNC-Chapel Hill’s Summer Reading Program picks a book that promotes divisive identity politics.

April 18, 2008 Making Summer Reading Programs Matter by Jay Schalin: University summer reading programs can be made much more meaningful than they currently are.

April 25, 2008 Choose Your Own Summer Reading Program by Jay Schalin: Put on your thinking caps, remember your favorite books, and come up with your own summer reading program.

May 08, 2008 Our Readers Recommendations by Jay Schalin: Some readers responded to our call for summer reading programs with ideas of their own.

July 03, 2008 A Classic Introduction to College by Jane Shaw: Colorado’s summer reading program assigns thought-provoking literature instead of trendy pap.

August 30, 2008 Summer Reading 2008 by Jenna Ashley Robinson: A list of summer reading from across NC.

June 08, 2009 It’s Summer Time and the Reading Is Easy by Jenna Ashley Robinson: Freshmen “common readings” look like a waste of time when compared to the classics some high schoolers are expected to study.

June 10, 2010 Can Summer Reading Save the Planet? by Jenna Ashley Robinson: A review of No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process.

June 18, 2010 The Sad History of Freshman Reading by Jenna Ashley Robinson: Freshman readings range from political propaganda to feel-good fluff.

June 26, 2011 A Literary “Groundhog Day” by Jenna Ashley Robinson and Will Jakes: The titles may change somewhat from year to year, but college summer readings stay the same: uninspired, unchallenging, and predictably left-leaning.

June 06, 2012 UNC-Chapel Hill Redeems Itself by Duke Cheston: The summer reading assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne University represents a bold break from victimhood.

June 30, 2013 The End of Summer Reading? by Duke Cheston: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina.

June 05, 2014 Sexual Assault Agenda in Full Force by Harry Painter: UNC-Chapel Hill’s freshman summer reading program continues the school’s fixation with rape activism.