Videos from the 2022 First-Year Experience® Conference are now available

By Spenser Stevens | March 24 2022 | College & University Reads

We’re pleased to share videos from the 2022 First-Year Experience® Conference. Whether you weren’t able to join us at the conference or would simply like to hear the talks again, please take a moment to view the clips below.


Penguin Random House Saturday Event

Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:30 pm EST


This event featured authors Mondiant Dogon (Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds), Qian Julie Wang (Beautiful Country), G’Ra Asim (Boyz n the Void), and Nikole Hannah-Jones (The 1619 Project).


View the video clips below:


Mondiant Dogon (Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds)



Qian Julie Wang (Beautiful Country)



G’Ra Asim (Boyz n the Void)



Nikole Hannah-Jones (The 1619 Project)




Penguin Random House Sunday Event

Sunday, February 13, 2022 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm EST


This event featured authors Ian Manuel (My Time Will Come), Cassandra Leah Quave (The Plant Hunter), Daniel Sherrell (Warmth), and Jay Caspian Kang (The Loneliest Americans). 


View the video clips below:



Ian Manuel (My Time Will Come)



Cassandra Leah Quave (The Plant Hunter)



Daniel Sherrell (Warmth)



Jay Caspian Kang (The Loneliest Americans)

Beautiful Country
A Memoir
Beautiful Country is the moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world—an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent.

Boyz n the Void
a mixtape to my brother
Writing to his brother, G'Ra Asim reflects on building his own identity while navigating Blackness, masculinity, and young adulthood--all through wry social commentary and music/pop culture critique

The 1619 Project
A New Origin Story
Visit to access free online curricular materials for the book.

Coming of Age at the End of Our World
From a millennial climate activist, an exploration of how young people live in the shadow of catastrophe“Strikingly perceptive.” —Jenny Offill, author of Weather  “Beautifully rendered and bracingly honest.” —Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing