The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption as the common book for the 2010 Carolina Summer Reading Program!
The book was the unanimous choice of a nine-member selection committee of students, faculty and staff who reviewed books based on the following criteria:
—Intellectually stimulating—stretch students’ minds, cause students to think about things they might not have before
—Enjoyable, engaging, relatively short, easy to read, up-to-date
—Reading that will provoke interesting discussion
—Appropriate for developmental level of incoming students
—Addresses a theme/topic that is applicable to students themselves (i.e., societal issues)
Incoming students will read the book before their freshman orientation. In the fall, discussion groups will meet in the new students’ dorms as part of the Residential Life orientation program. Professors will also assign the book in relevant first-year seminars.
The Carolina Summer Reading Program is designed to provide a common experience for incoming students, to enhance participation in the intellectual life of the campus through stimulating discussion and critical thinking around a current topic, and to encourage a sense of community between students, faculty and staff.
—Office of New Student & Carolina Parent Programs
Topical campus-wide events (film screenings, panel presentations, etc.) to be held during the fall semester are in the works. One event the University plans to host is a presentation by authors and activists Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, who are both natives of North Carolina.
View the Picking Cotton book trailer:
Click here and visit The Innocence Project to learn more about eyewitness misidentification, which plays a role in more than 75% of the wrongful convictions that are eventually overturned through DNA testing.
In previous summers, UNC at Chapel Hill has adopted Nickel and Dimed and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, both Popular Picks for first-year reading programs. Visit the Programs page to see lists of other schools that have used those books, and others from Macmillan!
Picking Cotton • St. Martin’s Griffin • 320 pages