The UMD community has been reading together since 1993.
Each year, the book is chosen by a committee of University of Maryland
faculty, staff, and students representing 10+ disciplines.

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Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

Demagoguery and Democracy by Patricia Roberts-Miller

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Ayadin, and Nate Powell

Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson

Head off & Split by Nikky Finney

Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone

    FYB Committee

  • Calvin Burns – Undergraduate Student
  • James Butler – Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health
  • Traci Dula – Associate Director, Honors College
  • Najib El-Sayed – Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
  • Jessica Enoch – Director of Academic Writing and Professor, Department of English
  • Carlton Green – Director, Diversity Training & Education, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Virginia Haufler – Director of Global Communities Living-Learning Program and Associate Professor, Department of Government and Politics
  • Nabila Hijazi – Lecturer, Department of English
  • Lisa Kiely – Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Ombudsperson
  • Marilee Lindemann – Executive Director, College Park Scholars
  • Elisabeth Fost Maring – Director of Global Health Engagement and Associate Clinical Professor, Family Science, School of Public Health
  • Julie Park – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Korey Rothman – Director, CIVICUS Living and Learning Program
  • Ann Smith – Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies

About First year book (FYB)

First-year undergraduate students are provided a book which the entire first-year community is encouraged to read. The goal of the program is to provide a shared intellectual experience for all new students and the opportunity to discuss the book from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The book is chosen by a committee of University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students representing 10+ disciplines. The book will be integrated into select first-year courses so students have the opportunity to engage with the text in and out of the classroom. There will be events featuring the book throughout the year, including events sponsored by on-campus groups and talks by the author and/or other important visitors to campus..