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.



Laughing Without an Accent

Our Summer Reading Program choice for 2024 is Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of a Global Citizen, by Firoozeh Dumas. 

Storytelling about life's adventures and opportunities is where Dumas shines in her 2008 New York Times bestseller. Dumas' wit, humor, and candid look at the world around us provides a glimpse into the commonalities we all share despite our varied backgrounds. Laughing Without an Accent shows how perspective has a lot to do with success. Much like becoming a college student, Dumas encounters unchartered territory while embracing challenges as opportunity for discovery about herself and the world around her.

We hope you will join us in welcoming author Firoozeh Dumas to MTSU on Saturday, August 24, 2024. As the university's 23rd Summer Reading keynote speaker, Dumas will address MTSU's incoming class at this year's Convocation.

Information adapted from the official reading guide for the book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/43547/laughing-without-an-accent-by-firoozeh-dumas/9780345499578/reading-guide.