About Penn State Reads
Penn State Reads is designed to provide a shared experience among new students, encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulate critical thinking, and foster a deeper connection to Penn State's mission and core values. First-year students at the University Park campus will receive a complimentary copy of the book at New Student Orientation. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to read the book and participate in the related planned events. Several campuses are also participating in a pilot of the program using the same text.
First-year students are asked to read the book before returning to campus for classes in August. Throughout the year, they will have an opportunity to attend featured lectures, participate in class conversations, attend programming in Residence Halls, and engage with other first-year students in dialogue about the concepts introduced in the book.
Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times by Eyal Press has been selected as the common text for the 2013-14 Penn State Reads program. It was selected for its broad approach to ethics and ethical decision-making. Author and journalist Eyal Press was the 2012 Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New American Foundation and a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Press offered his own take on the themes in the book during a February 2012 interview with Publishers Weekly, saying, "It doesn't take being perfect or heroic or brilliant to feel empathy or compassion, it's a universal human capacity."
Curricular Resources related to Beautiful Souls
- Discussion Questions
- Biographies of Philosophers & Major Figures
- Geographic Locations
- Major Topics & Historical References
- Related Fields of Study at Penn State
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