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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 2018 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 2015.

Williams Reads 2014-2015 Book:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot

henrietta-lacksThis extraordinary account shows us that miracle workers, believers, and con artists populate hospitals as well as churches, and that even a science writer may find herself playing a central role in someone else’s mythology.”—The New Yorker.  More about the book and the author.