Start your college education with a common reading experience.
For many years, the Core Program has asked incoming Oxy students to engage with a Summer Reading before they matriculate in the Fall. In assigning this common reading, our goals have been to stimulate discussion and promote critical thinking on topics of contemporary relevance; to help introduce students to the Mission of the College; and to provide a way for new students to connect with one another through a common intellectual experience. Starting in 2021, the Summer Reading Program has joined with the Community Book Program to allow the entire Occidental community to participate.
Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together has been selected as the 2021 Community Book. A nonfiction title published in February of this year, The Sum of Us is quickly receiving excellent reviews and national attention. McGhee, an expert in economic and social policy and contributor to NBC’s Meet the Press, currently chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. In The Sum of Us, she argues forcefully that racism hurts everyone and that the way forward is by building multi-racial collaborations and coalitions, resulting in a “solidarity dividend.”
All first-year students will be expected to read The Sum of Us prior to the beginning of August. There will be discussions about the book during New Student Orientation and as part of First Year Seminars. Students can request a free e-book of The Sum of Us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; you’ll be sent a code allowing you to download your copy at no charge.
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Students can request a free e-book of The Sum of Us by sending an email to email@example.com. You will be sent a code allowing you to download your copy at no charge.