Peace College Class of 2014 Reads The Blue Sweater this Summer

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.

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The Blue Sweater • Rodale Books • 320 pages

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