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Common Reading for Fall 2017

Following orientation, on Tuesday, September 5 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. you will be joining your first-year tutorial or transfer group and a faculty member to discuss the common reading. This year we have selected the 2015 National Book Award winner, Betweeen the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book discussion is a way to begin creating an intellectual community among your peers and bring all new students into discussion around a common topic of profound social and political significance. There will be events and programs throughout the year that will allow you further opportunity to explore the issues of racial and economic justice and we hope you will participate.

Coates’s Between the World and Me is a powerful essay written in the form of a letter to his teenage son. The book is an explicit homage to The Fire Next Time (1963) written by James Baldwin, revisiting Baldwin’s revelations, after five decades, about what it means to be a Black man in America.

Incoming students will receive a copy of the book by mail in June.

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