This summer, first-year students at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina are reading The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. The summer reading at Peace is part of the New Student Orientation program and the first-year student curriculum, Adventures.
Each student will receive a copy of the book when they visit campus for an introductory orientation session this summer. When they return in August for Pathways, the fall orientation program, they’ll meet with their academic advisers and new peers to discuss the book and its intent.
The summer reading and book discussions are the students’ first assignments in their seminar, Adventures for Women in Learning. The course gives all first-years the opportunity to find community with their classmates by exploring important academic, social, and ethical issues together. Through the first-year seminar, students interact regularly with their faculty advisers and peer educators, who co-teach the course and also serve as mentors to new students.
In October, author and founder of the Acumen Fund Jacqueline Novogratz will address first-year students and others from the Peace College community as the 2010 Adventures Speaker.
In 2009, Peace College selected P.M. Forni’s book, Choosing Civility: The Twenty Five Rules of Considerate Conduct, for the incoming class of 2013. Of that title, Dawn Dillon, who is the Director of Adventures and Residence Life and coordinates the summer reading, said, “Although selected as the reading for the First Year Adventures Program, I feel that it is a great read for all the Peace campus community.” Dr. Forni was the Adventures Speaker in September 2009.
The Blue Sweater • Rodale Books • 320 pages