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 2021 students in the preparation for First Days conversations. Special events, outside speakers, and other activities for the entire campus and local community will continue throughout the year .
Williams Reads 2018-2019 Book:
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
“MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. In 2017, she became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards. She is also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.