First-Year Dialogue

The FALL 2017 First Year Dialogue: is COMING SOON!

The FALL 2016 First Year Dialogue:

“Invention and Technology for the Good of Humanity”

All incoming students are asked to participate in this common reading, the themes of which are interwoven throughout your Orientation and First-Year Experience. You will be receiving via email a link to download the Dialogue Book in the beginning of July, be on the lookout! See below for more details from last year's First Year Dialogue.

The selected text for your entering class is Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done, by Mick Ebeling.


The FALL 2015 First Year Dialogue:
Innovating for Change: Engaging Locally and Globally

The selected text for your entering class is Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelly. 

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types."  But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every  one of us is creative.  In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.  It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

This dialogue speaker in 2015 was Hannah Chung, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel, will present the 2015 Dialogue theme and text through her innovative passion for engineering and design. Hannah believes that innovation and creativity fuel positive change.

As a maker and a doodler, she loves transforming ideas into tangible products and systems. Hannah admires the intuitive and simple. Her company, Sproutel, is the creator of Jerry the Bear: a platform to engage children in play-based healthcare education. She is passionate about inventing educational models that foster creativity via design and technology, and is a graduate of Northwestern University (class of 2012).

For more information or questions regarding the First Year Dialogue events, please contact the Office of Student Activities via email at or call 646.997.3800.