Shared Reading & Discussion

Through the shared reading and discussion experience, we aim to help students explore critical topics, learn about themselves and others, and begin to build a sense of community around this shared experience.

In June, every new student received a copy of Trevor Noah’s memoir, “Born A Crime,” and a reading guide outlining how students can engage with the book. During their first semester on campus, students will participate in a five-week discussion series centered on themes in the book. More than 400 students, faculty and staff members have signed up to co-lead these groups.

Students’ participation in the discussion groups will be factored in as a percentage of their anchor course grade.

All Syracuse University students, faculty and staff are invited to read the book! You can obtain a complimentary copy at the Syracuse University Bookstore. Visit the Customer Service Desk on the third floor of the bookstore and present your valid SU ID for your copy. We encourage you to start your own book club or discussion group – and let us know about it using #SUReads on social media.