Henry Jenkins posts about new CMS graduate student orientation at MIT, including a book discussion!
Another highlight of today’s events will be our book discussion. Each year, we choose a recent book in the field of media studies (or a sampler of recent articles) which we ask all of the students to read over the summer. The books are selected because they embody key themes or topics which shape our instructional and research efforts for the coming year. The books become a shared reference point for our community — in the weeks leading up to the student’s arrival and in the weeks that follow.
Great idea! I would love to see our students come to us ready to discuss a book — one that might lay a foundation for LIS in the 21st Century. Off the top of my head: The World is Flat, The Cluetrain Manifesto or A Whole New Mind might be good choices. What book would you choose?