2020 Summer Reading Assignment

A summer read book has been part of the Wagner Tradition for many years.  Offering a stimulating and enjoyable discussion point for students, faculty, and the entire Wagner community, the summer read serves as a resource for all to learn about each other and the world around them.  When students come to campus for the first time as Wagner students, they will become part of the Wagner community and part of the city. This book will be a wonderful way for the students to become part of both.  Particularly as we navigate the challenge of the pandemic this spring and summer, we know that this book will offer our students a chance to immerse themselves intellectually and imaginatively in the city they will come to know and love!

Your First Year Program faculty carefully selected Nonstop Metropolis (https://nonstopmetropolis.com/about) as your summer reading book because it touches upon the experiential learning in all Learning Communities and is a resource about the very city in which you will spend the next four years. This is the second year this title has been the summer read, and we are excited it is becoming a tradition at the college.  The book is part history, part geography, part social commentary, and offers visually and intellectually stimulating material for you to think about as you get excited for the college experiences ahead of you. Learn about New York City through the diverse eyes and minds of musicians, ethnographers, urbanists, journalists, scientists, and others. Your First Year Program faculty will select particular chapters for you to focus on, but we encourage you to read the book in its entirety. As you move through the Wagner plan during the next four years, and engage with the many boroughs of New York City, Nonstop Metropolis will be a useful resource.

You can order your copy from our Bookstore here: wagnercollegeshop.com.   Click on books (textbooks), choose the term ‘Summer 2020,’ and department ‘Default.’ and Course ‘SR 101 (Summer Reading 101) section 01. Enter submit and it will bring up the book along with instructions on how to order online so you can have it mailed to your summer address.

Check back in to this page by the third week in July.  By then, you will know which First Year Learning Community you’ll be part of.  Each ‘LC’ will post specific reading guidelines on which you can focus for the remainder of the summer.  In the meantime, enjoy the summer, and enjoy the book!