Information for Students

Penn Reading Project
Sunday, August 28

The Penn Reading Project, sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Deans, creates an opportunity for the Class of 2020 and Penn faculty from all disciplines to share a unifying intellectual experience through a single text, film, or painting. This year's selection is Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, which is an American classic about the rise and fall of Charles Foster Kane through the various themes of power and isolation with the usage of media.

All freshmen are required to attend an introductory presentation featuring Penn faculty. Later in the afternoon, freshmen will meet with their small groups for a 90-minute session to discuss their essays submitted through Canvas and Citizen Kane with a faculty discussion leader.

With the kick off of PRP 2016, the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives will launch the Year of Media, featuring programs and events intended to engage the entire Penn community in exploring media and the many ways it shapes our lives. Visit the theme year website for more details at

11:45am Lunch / 1:30pm Panel in Irvine Auditorium
Blue NSO Wristband: Du Bois, Gregory, New, Stouffer, and Ware College Houses

11:45am Panel in Irvine Auditorium / 1:30pm Lunch
Red NSO Wristband: Fisher Hassenfeld, Harrison, Kings Court English, and Riepe College Houses

3:30pm-5pm Small Group Discussions
Location: Room assignments can be found at