Summer Reading Assignment
Summer Read Program: Faculty Panel for New Students
Saturday, August 25
This session will provide new students with a brief introduction to the intellectual community at Whitman and serve as a springboard for book discussions to follow.
Doug Scarborough, Assistant Professor of Music
Helen Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jim Russo, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
2012 Summer Reading Assignment
"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson
The 2012-13 new student book selection is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. The book chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens fleeing the tyranny of the Jim Crow South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From World War I to the 1970's, this exodus of almost six million people changed the cultural and political landscape of the country forever, setting in motion the civil rights movement. Wilkerson portrays a detailed and vibrant picture of the change in northern cities, the music and culture that developed and the long-lasting consequences of this major demographic shift in American society.
All new students are asked to read “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Migration” and be prepared to participate in a small group discussion of the book with your resident assistant (RA) and student academic adviser (SA) during the fall new student orientation program.