We have a similar program and had students read The Color of Water last summer. It also dealt with racial tensions and was our most sucessful choice to date (the program is 3 years old at Tulane). We are in the final stages of selecting a book for this summer. This is my first time helping with the selection and I have been surprised with how dificult a decision this is.
So - Do you have any suggestions of a work that will engage in-coming students' minds over the summer without being overly burdensome; create stimulating conversations for our session during orientation and contribute to their preparation for academic life at Tulane?
Chapel Hill Picks Book on Race Relations for Summer Reading Assignment
By ERIC HOOVER
"The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will ask incoming freshmen and transfer students this summer to read a book about racial conflict in the South during the civil-rights era.
This year's selection, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story (Crown Publishers, 2004), was written by Timothy B. Tyson, a professor of African-American studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In the book, Mr. Tyson, who is white, describes the aftermath of the 1970 murder of a young black man in the author's hometown, Oxford, N.C.
In a written statement, the university's Summer Reading Program Book Selection Committee said it hoped the book would 'inspire readers to confront the fears and emotions that often attend discussions of race and to engage in a secure and energizing dialogue informed by historical clarity.'"