Members of the Class of 2024 should read Adaptability: Susquehanna University Common Reading Anthology 2021-2022 and complete a written assignment before arriving on campus (see instructions below). Here is a glimpse of some of what you will find in the anthology:
- A graphic essay on what its like to lose your first language, composed by SU Professor Hasanthika Sirisena and introduced by Professor Lynn Palermo.
- An excerpt from Nadina LaSpina’s memoir, Such a Pretty Face. The excerpt explores the way Nadina, a polio survivor, and her husband navigate their experiences with disabilities, introduced by SU ’21 alum Joanna Messineo.
- An essay by New York Times critic Wesley Morris featuring an exploration of Black masculinity in popular culture and post-COVID America, introduced by Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer Michael Dixon.
- “Debunking the Myth of Happiness,” an interview with Sonja Lyubomirsky, a leading researcher in the field of positive psychology, who explores how we truly achieve happiness, introduced by Professor Theresa Lopez.
- A transcript of Janet Echelman’s “Taking Imagination Seriously” TED Talk, which explores the ways artists use their imaginations to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and create innovative compositions, introduced by Common Reading Chief Editor Anastasia Ballasy.
The Adaptability anthology will be mailed home to you over the summer! International students will receive a copy when they arrive to campus.