MacReads is our common reading program for first year students that invites the entire Macalester community to join and engage in a discussion about a selected title. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and neighbors of the college to join together to read and discuss a book selected each year. During orientation there will be a first lecture for all first year students followed by book discussion groups. Events will also be scheduled during the year to include featured talks by the author, or other individuals who are selected because of their connections to the book.

Mac Reads was re-introduced in 2010 and is co-sponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Library and Academic Programs. It is a collaborative project that involves members from Academic Programs, the Alumni Office, the Dean's Office and Campus Programs, the Dewitt Wallace Library, the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Multicultural Life, SAC, a student representative from MCSG, and other invited or selected campus representatives. Our goal is to select a title each year that will connect new students to their new community at Macalester College.

For more information, see the MacReads website at


Submissions from 2014

MacReads Convocation, 2014, Macalester College

Submissions from 2013

MacReads Convocation, 2013, Macalester College

Submissions from 2011

MacReads Convocation, 2011, Macalester College

Submissions from 2010


Interview with Kao Kalia Yang by Collin Calvert, Macalester College

Kao Kalia Yang speaking about The LateHomecomer, Macalester College

MacReads First Lecture, 2010, Macalester College