Book selectio​​ns for academic year 2013–14

About the DelVa​l Book Community

With the introduction of The DelVal Book Community in 2010, Delaware Valley College joined hundreds of colleges and universities across the country in their efforts to promote literacy and interdisciplinary dialogue across their campuses and throughout their communities.

The DelVal Book Community is an extra-curricular common reading program that jumpstarts incoming students’ college experience, challenges current students to confront important issues of the day, and joins the entire college community in conversations and events devoted to the topics, themes, and controversies surrounding the books selected for the academic year.

Over the course of the next two semesters, this program will be supplemented by community-wide forums, faculty roundtables, student discussion groups, film and lecture series, and other on-campus events. This Fall, the Book Community will be directly integrated in the new “The DelVal Experience” course, which will engage students in learning strategies, critical thinking, analytical research writing, and problem-based, career-minded experiential learning. Although the books may not be “required reading” for all students thought the academic year, everyone is invited to participate in these important social activities and cultural events. All events are free and open to the public.

The DelVal Book Community strives to fulfill all of the college’s Core Values, especially the expectations that students and professors “value the world of ideas and differences,” and “act as one learning community with one purpose,” for “we are all invested in one another’s success and intend to make a difference in the world!”

The ​Goals

  • Introduce incoming students to the expectations of higher education

  • Involve all students, faculty, and staff in a common academic dialogue

  • Promote literacy, life-long learning, communication, and collaboration across multiple disciplines


Each of the works selected for this year’s Book Community intersect with and interrogate one of the most important concepts to bedevil humankind since the dawn of time: The Future.

What will the future look like? What will life in the cities and on the farms of the future be like? What will be the future of the land, air, and water needed to sustain life on this planet? What role will the human race play in shaping our futures? And what will be the future of the economy, society, energy, technology, education, and the job market? These are not questions to be answered with crystal-ball gazing, or quick-fixed with the fanciful imagination of a science-fiction script.

This year’s selections take hard looks at the relationship between past policies and present problems, as well as offer glimpses of an even more challenging future—and still encourage readers to consider how present choices and decisions can, and will, change the future.

Upcoming Eve​nts

“Introduction to the DelVal Book Community” 

When: Friday, August 23. 2013 1-1:30 p.m.
Where: Moumgis Auditorium, Student Center
Who should attend?: The event is open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
Cost: Free

The Precarious Alliance: Energy in Transition
Guest Speaker, Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Where: Life Sciences Building

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