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First Year Reading Experience (FYRE)

"Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay selected as the 2017 First Year Reading Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) office is pleased to announce that Salem State’s first year reading experience selection for the 2017-2018 academic year is "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay.

The first year reading experience (FYRE) program at Salem State University connects new students to the university community through a shared reading experience, welcoming them to a culture that values the thoughtful discussion of ideas. First-year students will receive the book free of charge at their summer orientation session.  On opening day (the day before classes begin in the fall), first-year students meet with faculty, librarians, administrators, staff, and upper-class students for small group conversations about the selected book. Many professors also incorporate the book and its themes into first year courses and events/speakers are planned throughout the entire academic year.


Past FYRE selections include:

  • How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (2016)
  • Spare Parts (2015)
  • I am Malala (2014)
  • Orange is the New Black:  My Year in a Women's Prison (2013)
  • The Leftovers (2012)
  • SuperFreakonomics (2011)
  • Scratch Beginnings:  Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream (2010)
  • Listening is an Act of Love (2009)

To recommend a book to the selection committee for 2017, email the title and author to

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