Welcome to the University of California at Berkeley. The annual Summer Reading List was designed to introduce new Cal students to the intellectual life of the university.
These are not some sort of "official reading lists" nor are the books necessarily required for courses you will be taking. Rather, these are the personal choices of Berkeley faculty and staff members recommended for you. Most books are available at the University Library, local libraries, and bookstores. We hope you will find the time to read some of them.
The 2013 theme is "What Would Seniors Read?"
2011 Social Media
2010 Education Matters
2009 Best Books About Science
2008 Bio-Graphy: Writing a Life
2006 Books for Future Presidents
2005 Great Discoveries, Voyages, and Adventures!
2004 Now That's Funny
2003 War & Peace
2002 Banned Books
2001 Favorite Book when I was 18
2000 Great books written by Berkeley faculty
1999 Selected by faculty involved in residence hall activities
1997 Selected by Freshman & Sophomore Seminar students
1995 Selected by faculty and staff who teach freshman seminars
1991 Selected by American Cultures' Fellows and staff
1990 Selected by Berkeley librarians
1989 Selected by the chairs of various departments
1988 Selected by faculty who teach introductory courses
1985 Selected by Distinguished Teaching Award recipients
If you have a suggestion for a future theme email or .
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