Eek! I can’t believe the summer is already almost over. I feel like my hair is on fire! I have so many questions about what to do before the fall semester starts. Can you help me answer some of my most-pressing questions RIGHT NOW?!
Signed, Losing-my-cool


Dear Losing-my-cool,

Stay calm! You’re not the only one with questions this time of year; that’s why we offer over 40 topics during our Keep Calm and Teach On program. Visit the Sessions page to skim descriptions for each session or see events in chronological order on the Schedule page. Registration has advantages: a guaranteed seat in popular sessions and a friendly email reminder before the event, though walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

We built the schedule to answer questions just like yours! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get, and the answers that will help you start the semester off right.


I’m excited to teach a FYS/FYE course this year, but I want to have my students learn by DOING! What new experiences are there for our first-years?

The Library, Museums and Press has designed a self-guided, technology-based tour that challenges students to get curious, explore, and create! Throughout the program, students will make connections to issues addressed in the Common Reader, such as sexism in scientific fields and the impact of humans on nature, by thinking critically about primary sources and artwork from Special Collections and Museums. Interested in having your students participate in this interactive program?

  • August 21, 12-1:30 | FYE-centered Book Club discussion in Faculty Commons | In this session, we will explore themes and discussion questions that will help you prepare to teach the Common Reader in your First Year Seminar.
  • August 21, 1:30-2:15pm | Engaging First-Year Students with the Common Reader through the Library and Museums
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