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On the Same Page gives new students (and everyone else!) at Cal something to talk about. This year, we're all on the same page listening to the soundtrack of Hamilton.

This program began in 2007, in the College of Letters & Science, and expanded in 2012 to include all new students and faculty members at Cal. Because this year's selection is available for free on Spotify, we are simply sending a link to all new students and faculty, and encouraging them to listen to the music (ideally more than once) before arriving on campus in the fall. 

This way you will be ready for all the programmatic events and activities in the fall semester. On the Same Page presents many kinds of opportunities for new students to interact with faculty and continuing students around the year's theme. This year's activities will kick off with a keynote lecture by Jeremy McCarter, who co-wrote the book Hamilton: The Revolution with Lin-Manuel Miranda. The keynote is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017, in the Haas Pavilion. You will attend it as part of your Golden Bear Orientation. Then throughout the fall you will find multiple ways to engage with the theme, including several panel presentations and other events sponsored by On the Same Page and our partner organizations on campus. 

You will also find that our theme has permeated the curriculum: you will see that some of the Freshman Seminars for fall 2017 are related to our book and theme, and some of your regular classes may also feature ideas or topics that relate to the book. We are also offering a one-unit, pass-no pass course called L&S 10: you can listen to the soundtrack over the summer and start fulfilling some of the course requirements now, leaving yourself more time for your other courses later in the fall. 

We want you to encounter themes and ideas from this work, chosen especially for the entering class of 2017, wherever you go on campus this fall. We will know we have succeeded when students and faculty who have only recently met find themselves buzzing about Hamilton, this phenomenal work that repays close attention, critique and discussion.