First-year Seminars

Common Read Book Cover

Sep 13, 2021 Lisa Stephens

Common Read Event: Meet Author Mira Jacob

This year’s Common Read is Mira Jacob’s Good Talk, which explores how our conversations can advance or inhibit equity, diversity, and social justice. You’ll discuss Good Talk with your First-Year Seminar and introductory English class, and have the opportunity to meet (and get your book signed by)...

Maid book

Madison Costigan Apr 26, 2021 8:00 pm

‘Maid’ Author Talks Stigmas and Perseverance

In March, Arcadia students were given the opportunity to participate in a webinar with Stephanie Land, author of this year’s Spring Common Read, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive. The book recounts Land’s experiences as a single mother struggling with poverty, relationship...

Arcadia University Common Read Speaker Stephanie Land

Mar 10, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Common Read Author Land Shines Light on Working Class Struggle

By Katherine Haines '21 At the spring Common Read event on March 3, Stephanie Land, author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, laid bare the stereotypes surrounding people in poverty. At an afternoon student Q&A session moderated by Dr. Jonathan Shandell,...

Madi Costigan with her backpack and mask

Madison Costigan Jan 17, 2021 7:00 pm

No Denying Disappointment, but Maintaining Hope

Recently, it has been hard to find anything in our lives that has not been affected by COVID-19, or any topic of discussion that is not centered on it. The news that next semester is going to remain mostly online may dishearten or frustrate some students, who desperately want to return to campus....

Image of protests from over the summer

Nov 11, 2020 Caitlin Burns

McCreery Encourages Students to Understand “Strategic Nonviolence” in First-Year Seminar

By Nikolai Kachuyevski '21 For Allyson McCreery, who has been teaching "Strategic Nonviolence & Civil Disobedience" since 2013, it is important that her students come away with the tools necessary to be able to assess civil resistance movements: how they’re organized and what components...

Book cover of How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Kendi

Oct 15, 2020 Caitlin Burns

Dr. Kendi Inspires Class of 2024 During Virtual Common Read

At the Arcadia University Common Read event on Oct. 12, held virtually this year, first-year students and members of the campus community heard from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist.  Dr. Kendi, a New York Times best-selling author and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the...

Judge Cerski and a student hang garland on a light post

Dec 2, 2019 Caitlin Burns

Students Make Glenside Twinkle for the Holidays

Glenside once again is ready for the holiday season, courtesy of students from the Citizenship and the Law First-Year Seminar, led by the Honorable Christopher Cerski, J.D., adjunct professor of Historical and Political Studies and Montgomery County District Judge.  On Nov. 21, students...

Preview Kick-Off

Denise Glick Oct 31, 2019 3:40 pm

A Kidney Biopsy—and Unexpected Benefits

The last time I was admitted to a hospital was January 2016. Of course, my transplanted kidney decided to wait until the most inconvenient time to throw a fit: the third week of this semester. Which isn’t just any semester, mind you. No, this is my first ever college semester. The transition to...

David Hogg speaks to first-year students during an afternoon discussion session.

Oct 16, 2019 Caitlin Burns

At Common Read Event, David Hogg Urges Civic Engagement, Activism

At this year’s Common Read on Oct. 14, 19-year-old David Hogg, March for Our Lives co-founder, gun control advocate, and survivor of last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., urged students to be civically engaged this election season and vote for...

David Hogg posed for photo with University president and faculty members

Oct 14, 2019 Elizabeth Thornton

Glimmer of Hope by the founders of March for Our Lives
First Year Seminar Class

Jessica Derr Jul 31, 2019 4:19 pm

Katniss in the Classroom: My FYS Experience

The Thanksgiving break of my freshman year of college was my first time going home since moving to school. Even though my hometown is a measly 15 minutes away from campus, I was now immersed in two entirely different spheres—my life at Arcadia and my life back in Willow Grove. Suffice to say, my...

Jessica Derr Jun 25, 2019 10:57 am

As Much As You Put In

I have never put much weight in the occult. To me, graveyard walks are a pleasant way to spend an evening. Ouija boards are not the earpiece of the dead, but a tool to push my cousins’ buttons. And The Long Island Medium, one of my mother’s favorite shows, does little more than make me roll my eyes...