FYS Summer Reading

Over the summer, each First-Year Seminar student is asked to read a text chosen by the FYS faculty the previous spring. While the books vary greatly in theme, genre and style from year to year, they all aim to engage students with literature that challenges their world views and introduces them to college level reading and ideas.

Summer 2015

The Most Good You Can Do Book CoverThe Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically by Peter Singer is the assigned reading for Summer 2015.

 Peter Singer is one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure.

He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism,  public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures. His book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement.

Peter Singer visited Pacific University on September 10, 2015 for a free public lecture at the Forest Grove campus.