Common Reading

Class of 2025 Common Reading: The 1619 Project

The Class of 2025 Common Reading includes selected works from The 1619 Project, published in The New York Times. The 1619 Project marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia, and aims to reexamine the legacy of slavery in America. Conceived and edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project includes a collection of essays and other literary works written by historians, journalists, playwrights, poets, authors, and artists. Each of these works highlights a different aspect of contemporary American life, from our broken healthcare system to rush hour traffic, and reveals its roots in slavery and its aftermath. As part of your participation in New Student Orientation, you will attend a virtual panel event focusing on one of the main themes of The 1619 Project. The panel event will provide you with a glimpse of how some of our faculty experts and outstanding upper-level students are thinking about and engaging with social justice issues. To get started, visit this link: There, you will find the entire collection of works from The 1619 Project, instructions on how to attend the virtual panel event, and information about how to participate in the Common Reading Essay Contest.

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