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2010 Plan II Honors Freshman Voltaire's Coffees Information

Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet). See the VC book list & information, professor information, VC date, and registration information.

Posted: July 28, 2010
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

Books, professor information and dates of the Fall 2010 Freshman Voltaire's Coffees.

Class of 2014  (Fall 2010 First-Years)

Plan II freshmen are initiated into their first semesters with small, informal, professor-guided book talks called Voltaire's Coffees. The professors we ask to sponsor these discussions select an eclectic and broad combination of texts, from history to philosophy, classics to pop culture, that you will read over the summer to discuss in the fall. At the beginning of the semester you will join the professor and a small group of your classmates in one or more Coffees, providing a wonderful opportunity for both a compelling discussion as well as a chance to meet your Plan II peers and some of the University’s best professors.

You should read the book for at least one Voltaire’s Coffee during the summer; however, you are allowed to read several books and to attend multiple coffees that interest you, as long as space remains available. You can register for your top choices beginning in mid-July (see registration information below).

We schedule Voltaire’s Coffees during the first few weeks of classes (August 23rd - September 3rd); a few VC’s will meet in the first few days before classes begin (August 25th). The dates and locations of all the Coffees will be posted on the Plan II Honors web site calendar as soon as they are available, and you will be e-mailed the information for your specific VC(s). Each Coffee typically lasts about 1.5 hours, and light refreshments will be provided.

For the VC’s that will be held in faculty members’ homes, maps will be available in the Plan II office and carpools will be formed.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to let us know ahead of time about any special needs or issues in order to minimize the possibility of difficulties, please feel free to contact us (Richard Griffin and Sam Liebl), the Academic Co-chairs.

Books, professor information and dates of the VC.

Registration:  Registration for the Fall Freshman Voltaire's Coffees begins Friday, June 16 and ends August 4.  

Google Form link for registration


We expect some coffees to fill up quickly. The earlier you register, the better your chances of securing a spot. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Academic Co-chairs  pii.academics@gmail.com

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