Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.
Free copies of this year’s Williams Reads book will be sent this summer to all incoming Class of 2020 students in the preparation for First Days conversations. Special events, outside speakers, and other activities for the entire campus and local community will extend to Claiming Williams Day, February 2017.
Williams Reads 2016-2017 Book:
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
“in her timely, meticulously researched and well-written book, Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to explain it to us. The result is a clear and comprehensive history of Earth’s previous mass extinctions – and the species we’ve lost – and an engaging description of the extraordinarily complex nature of life. Most important, Kolbert delivers a compelling call to action. “Right now,” she writes, “we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this, and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy.” –Al Gore, in The New York Times Book Review (Feb 16, 2014)