The First Year Book program began in 1993 with a mission to provide a shared intellectual experience for faculty, staff, and all first-year students. The First Year Book provides an opportunity for community dialogue on a topic from the perspective of different disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities. Guest speakers, films, and panel discussions provide additional opportunities outside of class to generate discussion around a common theme. Our community is stronger when we are free to challenge each other and listen respectfully. The University does not shy away from challenging or controversial issues; on the contrary, free and spirited speech is at the very heart of an academic community.