One of Whitman’s many revered academic traditions is the Summer Read Program, in which a reading selection is assigned to all new first-year students. This selection provides a platform for intellectual discussion and debate for the college’s newest students, but also for bonding as the initial discussions take place during Orientation Week. Whitman also invites the wider community to participate by reading the selection and attending the author’s lecture later in the fall.

The College is open to suggestions for future Summer Read Program selections. Please submit your recommendations to

The 2017 Summer Read selection is Make Your Home Among Strangers, an award-winning novel by Jennine Capo Crucet.

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