Each year the Honors Program selects a text or texts to be read by all incoming first-year Honors students. The Freshman Reading Project (FRP) promotes community through the common experience of reading and discussing a thought-provoking text. We ask that all incoming students complete the reading assignment before arriving at Baylor in the fall.
This year, we are reading The Road to Character by David Brooks, a recent #1 bestseller. One of America’s most prominent political commentators, David Brooks writes a bi-weekly op-ed column for the New York Times and is a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He previously wrote for the Wall Street Journal. The Road to Character explores the road to a deeper inner life and how selflessness can lead to greater success.
As part of the FRP, new Honors Program students will attend the Honors Freshman Assembly in Miller Chapel on Wednesday, August 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This will be your introduction to the Honors Program, and we will begin the formal discussion of our text. We will have the distinct pleasure of hearing from Dr. Michael McLendon, recently appointed Dean of the Baylor School of Education. Dr. McLendon (BA ’91) has written extensive on educational policy and was awarded the Herbert H. Reynolds Distinguished Young Alumnus Award by Baylor University in 2007.
In his talk, Dr. McLendon will address some themes brought forth in the reading selection, and you’ll sign up for a small-group discussion led by upper-division Honors Program students. After the small-group discussion, you will write a brief (roughly 3 pages) critical essay in response to an assigned essay prompt. These essays will be evaluated by the discussion leaders and will be kept on file to serve as the basis for awards occasionally given by the Honors Program. Note: Successful completion of the FRP is required for continuation in the Honors Program.
You can purchase both The Road to Character at the Baylor University Bookstore, but the books can also be found at many other traditional and online retailers.
David Brooks, The Road to Character (Random House, 2015)