First Year Academic Convocation
go set the world aflame!
First Year Academic Convocation 2017 will take place on Thursday, September 7th.
As a member of the class of 2021, each of you will have the opportunity to read A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka and to welcome author Lev Golinkin to Boston College to discuss his work.
Lev Golinkin spent his early childhood in Kharkov, Ukraine the late 1980s in the Soviet Union. Born into a Jewish family, Lev experienced anti-Semitism and oppression under the Communist Regime. In the Fall of 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lev’s parents heard that the United States would soon close the borders and no longer permit Soviet Jews to emigrate. This book chronicles how this looming deadline prompted Lev’s parents to begin their immigration process, and the journey that brought Lev, his parents, his sister, Lina, and his grandmother first to Austria and then on to the United States. View the Reading Guide here. (Please note: This file is an Adobe Reader® (PDF) formatted file. To view, you may need to download the free Adobe Reader.
Since the Fall of 2004, Conversations in the First Year has enriched the intellectual lives of our newest students. It begins at Orientation, where all incoming students are given a common text. This book helps to create the year's academic theme. Then, early in their first semester, all first year students gather for the First Year Academic Convocation. Each year the Convocation speaker addresses the class, inspiring the themes of the summer reading. Convocation is filled with ritual, ideas, and conversation that kick off the academic year. All first-year students are required to join us for this event.
2016 Steve Pemberton: A Chance in the World
2015 David Brooks: The Road to Character
2014 Dave Eggers: The Circle
2013 Bill Strickland: Make the Impossible Possible
2012 Dan Barry: Bottom of the 33rd
2011 Colum McCann: Let the Great World Spin
2010 Daniel Wolff: How Lincoln Learned to Read
2009 Ann Patchett: Run
2008 J.R. Moehringer: The Tender Bar
2007 Jeanette Walls: The Glass Castle
2006 Senator John McCain: Lives of Moral Leadership by Robert Coles
2005 Senator Barack Obama: Dreams from My Father
2004 Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
"Go set the world aflame."
-Ignatius of Loyola
In the entrance of the Jesuit headquarters in Rome is a striking statue of Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) with the motto "Ite, inflammate omnia." — "Go set the world aflame," his parting words to Francis Xavier who was carrying the Gospel to the East. This is our charge as you begin your experience at Boston College. Take the gift of education and carry it to great places throughout the world.