Following orientation, on Tuesday, September 4 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 Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler. The book discussion is a way to begin creating an intellectual community among your peers and to bring new students into discussion around a common topic of profound social and political significance. There will be many opportunities to explore racial and economic justice throughout the year - orientation is just the start!
Parable of the Sower is an award-winning work of speculative fiction written in 1993 by renowned Black author Octavia E. Butler, whose works have been associated with the Afrofuturism movement. The near-future dystopia depicted in Parable of the Sower feels eerily prescient today, and both Parable of the Sower and its sequel, Parable of the Talents (1998), have gained much-renewed attention in the last few years by organizers, activists, and writers as a result of the current political, economic and social climate.
Incoming students will receive a copy of the book by mail in June. Accompanying the book are discussion questions students should keep in mind while reading.