The Blue Sweater is the 2010 Common Reading Experience Book at UNC, Charlotte

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte has selected Jacqueline Novogratz’s book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World for the 2010 Common Reading Experience!

First-year students will read, write, and talk about The Blue Sweater in their introductory seminar courses this fall.  Campus-wide, faculty are encouraged to incorporate the book and its ideas about global community action and enacting social change in coursework this year.  The Common Reading Experience at UNC, Charlotte was introduced in 2007 to collectively engage new students and encourage them to explore personal, racial, religious, and cultural issues. The growing program includes freshman seminar classes and several liberal studies, composition and discipline-based courses that participate by assigning the common book.

The author, who is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, will address the campus community this fall.  Acumen Fund is a nonprofit venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs bringing affordable and sustainable healthcare, water, energy and housing to low-income communities in the developing world.

In The Blue Sweater, Ms. Novogratz traces a path that lead her from a career in international banking to an impoverished village in Rwanda, where a chance encounter with a blue sweater she owned as a child inspired a whole new career and passion.  The book calls on readers to rethink their engagement with the world and to invest in “patient capital,” a business model that extends the life—and the heart—of philanthropy.

A reading guide for students is available.

The Blue Sweater • Rodale Books • 320 pages

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