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Rambler Read

Each year, all new students read the same book over the summer as an introduction to academic and student life at Loyola. We hope this shared experience can foster discussion and engagement on important issues during students' first-year at Loyola.

The 2020-2021 First-Year Text is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio VargasThis book explores many issues relative to our current moment of racial tension and civil unrest, and explores themes of racism, discrimination, and immigration. We are excited to share it with you.

Vargas will be the keynote speaker at our virtual New Student Convocation on Friday, August 21 at 4:00PM CT, where all new students will convene with the Loyola administration, faculty, and staff to officially kickoff their academic experience at Loyola. Immediately following New Student Convocation, students will discuss the text in small groups with a faculty or staff member and a peer leader. 

Take a look at the essay Vargas published in The New York Times in 2011 revealing his undocumented status, and a review of his book in The New York Times in 2018. Vargas was also a recent guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Checkout his interview here

You can read more about Jose Antonio Vargas on his website, and learn more about Define American, "a narrative and culture change organization that uses media and the power of storytelling to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America."

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For more information about the Rambler Read program, or leading a discussion at New Student Convocation, please contact New Student Programs at firstyearexperience@luc.edu.