Greetings to Berkeley faculty, staff, and students,

As we do at the start of each spring term, we're soliciting your suggestions for great books to pass on to incoming Cal freshmen later this year as part of the 2014 UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for Freshmen. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement on campus, we've chosen Free Speech as this year's theme.

Of course, we'd love suggestions of readings that have to do with the events and people here at Berkeley back in 1964, but we also encourage you to think of the theme more broadly: any novels, memoirs, historical texts, and other books that touch on the issue of free speech in various times and places. The primary criteria are that the book resonates for you with the theme of free speech, and that itís a great read you think an incoming freshman would enjoy.

Once we've got our list, we'll pass it on to freshmen this summer when they're here for their CalSo orientation, and we'll make the list available online to the larger community.

So, by Feburary 28, 2014, here's what we'd love to have from any of you out there with a berkeley.edu email address:

The book's author and title, a short description of the book and why you recommend it, and a short bio of yourself. You can click below on links to previous years' lists to see the format.

Please forward your suggestions to Michael Larkin at larkinm@berkeley.edu.

The 2013 theme was "What Would Seniors Read?"


Previous lists:

2012 Revolutions

2011 Social Media

2010 Education Matters

2009 Best Books About Science

2008 Bio-Graphy: Writing a Life

2007 Survival

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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