The Pre-read program, initiated by President Eisgruber in 2013, introduces incoming freshmen to Princeton's intellectual life. Members of the incoming class join together to read and discuss a book that President Eisgruber selects and sends to freshmen prior to their arrival on campus. Freshmen then participate in Pre-read discussions with student leaders during Orientation Week and with President Eisgruber in the residential colleges and elsewhere on campus over the course of the academic year. Alumni also are encouraged to read and discuss the Pre-read selection.
President Eisgruber's Princeton Pre-read selection for the Class of 2023 is Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy by James Williams, who recently completed his doctoral work in philosophy at Oxford University and previously worked for Google as a technology and business strategist. The book presents a rigorous and original argument about the profound influence of digital technology on human attention and democratic political competence. President Eisgruber hopes that Stand Out of Our Light will inspire students, faculty, and staff to discuss and debate the ways in which this digital landscape is affecting our ability to shape our identities, lives, and societies.
President Eisgruber’s full Pre-Read Assembly can be accessed through Princeton’s MediaCentral.