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On the Same Page gives new students (and everyone else!) at Cal something to talk about. This year, we're all on the same page reading The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

This program began in 2007, in the College of Letters & Science, and expanded in 2012 to include all new students and faculty members at Cal.

Faculty members will receive an email containing a link to a free download of the book in March. New students should keep an eye out for their message, containing a link to their free copies, shortly after the deadline to submit statements of intent to register (SIRs). Each group will have thirty days to download their copies. 

Please be sure to read the book over the summer.  This way you will be ready for all the programmatic events and activities in the fall semester. On the Same Page presents many kinds of opportunities for new students to interact with faculty and continuing students around the year's theme. This year's activities will kick off with a keynote lecture by Margaret Atwood. scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, in Zellerbach Hall. Then throughout the fall you will find multiple ways to engage with the theme, including several panel presentations and other events sponsored by On the Same Page and our partner organizations on campus. 

You will also find that our theme has permeated the curriculum: you will see that some of the Freshman Seminars for fall 2018 are related to our book and theme, and some of your regular classes may also feature ideas or topics that relate to the book. We are also offering a one-unit, pass-no pass course called L&S 10: you can read the book over the summer and start fulfilling some of the course requirements now, leaving yourself more time for your other courses later in the fall. 

We want you to encounter themes and ideas from this work, chosen especially for the entering class of 2018, wherever you go on campus this fall. We will know we have succeeded when students and faculty who have only recently met find themselves buzzing about The Handmaid's Tale, this remarkable and timely work that repays close attention, critique and discussion.