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First Year Reading



Half-The-SkyThe summer reading assignment for all incoming students is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This book will be used in the First Year Experience courses this fall 2014.

Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, is also the College's Fall Hardman lecturer. He will make a campus presentation on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Per the American Program Bureau website, [Marker]Inc. "Half the Sky draws a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women struggling for opportunity and equality. Called 'electrifying' by the Washington Post, the book inspired a special four-hour PBS series of the same name."

For more information on the author, click here.

As with any book, it's important to read Half the Sky in context. By exploring the resources here, you can get a sense of the conversations, movements, and debates that the book has inspired.


Below is a list of past books and their authors:

  • 2013 -Rebecca Skloot, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
  • 2012 -Sonia Nazario, "Enrique's Journey"
  • 2011- Soledad O'Brien, "The Next Big Story"
  • 2010- Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, "Somewhere Inside:One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home."
  • 2009- Paul Rusesabagina, "An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography"
  • 2008- James McBride, "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother"
  • 2007- Karen Shepard, "Don't I Know You"
  • 2006- Elizabeth Royte, "Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash"
  • 2005- Tracy Kidder, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul "
  • 2004- Sarah Erdman, "Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village" 

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