Summer Reading 2017
It is with excitement and anticipation that we share news of changes to the Salisbury School summer reading program. In years past, the school would send out a list of summer reading assignments from the different academic disciplines. This year, a committee met to revisit and revise the summer reading program, and this summer the school has decided to move towards an all community read.
All students will read the same book as we look to frame areas of emphasis for the coming year. The all school read will be Sebastian Junger's book, Tribe. All of Salisbury's faculty and students will take the time to read this book during the summer months, preparing to engage in a community discussion on the many relevant issues it raises. Our plan is to use the central themes of the book to frame a year-long discussion within the community, so to neglect this work will make it difficult to fully engage. We ask that you please pick up a copy in the weeks ahead, whether it be from the internet for a hard copy or audiobook, or a local bookseller. Parents are also encouraged to read Tribe this summer!
All-school Read Discussion Questions:
- In Junger's introduction, he tells the story of hitchhiking as a young man and being approached by a stranger, who showed concern about his food supply. It turned out the man was homeless, but gave him what little food he had because he "saw [him] from town and just wanted to make sure [he was] okay." Junger described this gesture as more than generosity. He writes, "he'd taken responsibility for me."
As you prepare to come to Salisbury this fall, some of you returning and some of you for the first time, consider this idea: What would it mean to take responsibility for your Salisbury brothers?
- What do you think Junger means when he uses the term "modern society"?
- What is materialism? Do you believe it exists? What is its impact on society?
June Discussion Questions:
- In the introduction to Tribe, Junger describes the Boston suburb where he grew up as largely isolating and disconnected. How does this compare with the neighborhood, or community, where you grew up?
- Have you ever seen your community (home) engage in collective effort? Have you seen Salisbury engage in collective effort?