Calling all First-Years! Every year during the Spring Semester, it is time to pick and reveal our new First Year Reading Experience Book! To kick off this awesome news, what better way to celebrate than to throw a reveal party!!
Join us after the Women’s Leadership Conference on Monday, March 6th at 1:30pm in the Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room. The party will last roughly an hour and will be filled with sparkling cider, desserts, and the chance to win a few raffles! We really hope to see you all there to support the books you voted for!
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact the FYE office located in Meier Hall 100A, or message us on our social media!
Here is a refresher on the competing books!
Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas
In Hidden America, award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven stories about the people who make our lives run every day- and yet we barely think of them.
Take the men of Hopedale Mining Company in Cadiz, Ohio. Laskas spent several weeks with them, both below and above ground. By the end of this book, you will know not only about their work, but about Pap and his dying mom, Smitty and the mail-order bride who stood him up at the airport, and Scotty and his thwarted dreams of becoming a boxing champion.
This is only one hidden world. Others that Laskas explores: an Alaskan oil rig, a migrant labor camp in Maine, the air traffic control center at LaGuardia Airport in New York, a beef ranch in Texas, a landfill in California, a long-haul trucker in Iowa, a gun shop in Arizona, and the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders, mere footnotes in the moneymaking spectacle this is professional football.
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
In response to recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, National Book Award-Winning writer Jesmyn Ward looked into James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time for comfort and counsel. In the essay, “My Dungeon Shook,” Baldwin addresses his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundreth anniversary of the emancipation Proclamation. He writes: “You know, and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.”
Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today, and she has turned to some of her generation’s most original thinkers to write short essays, memoirs, and a few essential poems giving voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with out current predicament, and attempt to envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume.
In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-civil rights era-that we are a “postracial” society-is a callous corruption of a truth that our nation must confront. Baldwin’s “fire next time” is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.