Welcome to MTSU’s Summer Reading Program

MTSU's Community Summer Reading Program was created in 2002 under the direction of the Distinguished Lecture Committee. The objectives of the program are to:

  • provide a unifying experience for the entering class of students,
  • partner with Murfreesboro community organizations,
  • encourage intellectual interaction among students,
  • provide students with the opportunity to read and personally interact with critically-acclaimed authors, and
  • affirm the importance of reading for a successful and fulfilling life.



Walking to Listen Book Cover

Our Summer Reading Program choice for 2022 is Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel. Walking to Listen, a travel memoir about a year spent walking across the highways of the United States after graduation from Middlebury College in 2011. It was a year of radical vulnerability and remarkable connection, with people across the vast and varied spectrum of American humanity. The book tells the stories of these encounters. It is a documentation of what’s possible with the ability and willingness to listen.

We hope you will join us in welcoming author Andrew Forsthoefel to MTSU on Sunday, August 21, 2022. As the university's 21st Summer Reading keynote speaker, Forsthoefel will address MTSU's incoming class at this year's Convocation.

Information adapted from livingtolisten.com