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Logo: American Democracy Project: Freshman Summer Reading Program

Summer 2015 
Orange is the New Black; My Year in a Women's Prison

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About the Freshman Summer Reading Program

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 during summer orientation.  Students unable to attend orientation receive their copy in the mail in the latter part of 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 Orange is the New Black; My Year in a Women's Prison, by Piper Kerman. The selection of this book was based on criteria that included readability, relevance, multiple disciplinary application, author availability, and civic engagement.


About  Orange is the New BlaOrange is the New Black Book Coverck; My Year in a Women's Prison , by Piper Kerman


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.

Author Lecture

Piper Kerman

Join us!

Piper Kerman will address first-year students

September 16, 2015
7:30 pm

The event is free and open to the public. 


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Last Updated 8/5/15