The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Academic reception

In 2007, Davidson College assigned this book to all incoming Freshman as a topic for later discussion during Freshman Orientation. This book kicked off the theme of the school's 2007-08 year, which focused on diversity. In 2008, Tulane University gave the novel to all new undergraduates as part of the Tulane University Reading Project.[10] In 2009, the University of St Andrews announced that they would be sending a free copy of The Reluctant Fundamentalist to all of 1,500 new undergraduates as part of a new incentive to "offer students a common topic for discussion and focus energies on reading and intellectual debate".[11] In 2010, Washington University in St. Louis also gave the book to each of its incoming freshmen, as a part of the "Freshmen Reading Program."[12] Georgetown University also chose this book for incoming freshman's summer reading. Ursinus College has also incorporated the novel into their unique Common Intellectual Experience for freshmen students. Additionally, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas uses the book in all honors rhetoric classes for first-year students. Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Siena College in Loudonville, New York also use the novel as an introduction to their First Year Seminar programs. Lehigh University assigned all incoming freshman this novel in 2012. Also, just this year, Rollins College, assigned this novel to their incoming freshmen as part of their summer reading program. The University of Evansville in Indiana uses the novel as a tool in the freshman First Year Seminar program as well. This program has the purpose of engaging incoming first-year students to topics of leadership and citizenship. Bucknell University chose it for the first year common reading for the Class of 2018.

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