Prof Mary Fuller on Phi Betta Kappa Society’s list of “What First-Years Read in 2023”

Published on: October 12, 2023

As America’s most prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and championed free thought since 1776.

What First-Years Read in 2023

Many colleges choose a common reading list to build community around the free exchange of ideas and explore timely challenges from interdisciplinary perspectives. Below is a selection of first year common reading choices from the Society’s 290+ chapters. From a provocative comedy on the roles of women published in 1668 to an exploration of the total eclipse of the sun in 2024, these works showcase the topics meant to inspire the Class of 2027 at the beginning of their arts and sciences journeys.

Lines Drawn Across the Globe: Reading Richard Hakluyt’s “Principal Navigations” by Mary C. Fuller

Around 1600, geographer and cleric Richard Hakluyt sought to honor England by compiling its voyages and trade beyond the boundaries of Europe.  Mary Fuller traces the history of the book’s compilation and unlocks its meaning for modern readers on the history of empire and nation.

Read PBK’s full reading list here…