Welcome, fellow readers! Whether you are an incoming freshman at UC Berkeley, a member of the Cal community, or an avid reader who chanced upon this page, we’re glad you’ve found your way to the archive for the annual UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for Freshmen.
For three decades now, we’ve asked folks here on campus to give us their best reading recommendations focused on a particular theme each year, and then we’ve passed that list on to the incoming undergraduate class as an early welcome to the intellectual life of the university. Nothing is required here of you incoming freshmen; these are simply lists of great reads to share and return to as the spirit moves you.
The lists—much like the UC Berkeley community—are eclectic and interesting. We hope you’ll find one, or many, readings that appeal to you.
The theme for Summer 2014 is “Free Speech,” to honor the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement on campus.
2013 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
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