Don't miss our Schedule of Summer Reading Events!
Each freshman at the College participates in the Summer Reading Program. The purpose of this program is to help orient new students to the Brockport academic community by having a common reading experience with fellow classmates and faculty members. First-year students receive a copy of the book with support materials and additional information about the program in early July.
The summer reading project is a valued experience at The College at Brockport and continues to be part of our involvement in the American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement, a national, multi-campus initiative that seeks to foster informed civic engagement in the United States. The project seeks to create a greater intellectual understanding and commitment to participate in the civic life of the United States.
The program is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of M&T Bank. Students will be asked to react to the book during the Welcome Week weekend and throughout the semester. They will also take part in discussions, projects and lectures debating noteworthy themes generated by the book.
This year the Freshman Summer Reading selection is A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. The selection of this book was based on criteria that included readability, relevance, multiple disciplinary application, author availability, and civic engagement. Activities to accompany this selection might include:
From Publishers Weekly:
American Splendor artist Neufeld beautifully depicts the lives of seven New Orleans residents who survived Hurricane Katrina. In the dialogue-free opening chapter, The Storm, Neufeld powerfully intersperses images of the hurricane gathering speed with the cities it crippled when it hit Louisiana on August 29, 2005, specifically New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss. Readers are then introduced to seven New Orleans residents, from all walks of life and parts of the city. Denise and her family—mother Louise, niece Cydney and Cydney's daughter, R'nae—join thousands of hungry and thirsty New Orleanians waiting to be evacuated after their apartment is destroyed. Leo, the publisher of a local music zine, and Michelle, a waitress, reluctantly leave the city for Houston and are devastated when their apartment (and Leo's impressive comics collection) is flooded. Other characters flee, or try unsuccessfully to ride out the storm. Neufeld's low-key art brings a deeply humanizing element to the story. Though the devastation caused by the hurricane and the government's lackluster response are staggering, Neufeld expertly underscores the resilience of the people who returned to rebuild their lives and their city.
Freshman Council representatives were extremely enthusiastic about this particular book, not only because of its appeal as a graphic novel, but because Katrina happened when they were becoming aware of national events and made an impact on their social development.
If you have ideas or suggestions about additional relevant presentations, please contact Marcy Esler at email@example.com.
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