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Join us for a report launch on Tuesday, October 2 at the office in Manhattan with John Tierney as keynote speaker.

For the past seven years, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) has surveyed what books colleges and universities assign as common reading—often a summer reading selection for incoming freshmen. For many students, this is the only book they will read in common with all their classmates.

The NAS will be holding an event to launch their report on these “beach books.” Their findings are cause for concern. Schools seldom assign classic texts, and the books they assign fall within a narrow genre: parochial, contemporary, commercial, obsessed with suffering, and progressive.

Please join us for a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by a panel discussion at 6:30.

John Tierney
Manhattan Institute

John Tierney is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute's quarterly publication, City Journal. Tierney has significant experience in print and media, recently joining City Journal after more than two decades as a reporter and columnist with the New York Times

Peter Wyatt Wood 
President, National Association of Scholars

Peter Wood is an anthropologist and former provost. He was appointed president of the NAS in January 2009. Before that he served as NAS’s executive director (2007-2008), and as provost of The King’s College in New York City (2005-2007).

David Randall
Director of Communications, National Association of Scholars

David Randall earned a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University, an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University, a master’s degree in library science from the Palmer School at Long Island University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Prior to working at NAS he was the sole librarian at the John McEnroe Library at New York Studio School.