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"Memphis Reads" Links University Community

This fall’s freshmen at the University of Memphis are participating in Memphis Reads, the University’s reading program in which all incoming freshmen read a designated book during the summer. The book is required reading for certain courses and will be the topic of discussions, lectures and other events on campus. This year’s selection is I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches that Changed the World: 75th Anniversary Edition by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by James M. Washington).

Now in its second year, the reading program is designed to inspire community spirit and a sense of identity with the University. Each year’s book focuses on a general theme that serves as a common thread in courses throughout the curriculum, as well as in extracurricular activities. The 2007 theme, centered on the anniversary of King’s death, is designed to provoke the students and faculty to do some soul-searching. The call that King issued to his followers then can be heard just as well today, as we seek to respond to environmental issues, international relations and other concerns of our fellow man.

Everyone is invited to read the book this summer and to think of it as a point of connection linking the community and the University of Memphis. For more information, visit memphisreads.memphis.edu.

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Last updated: 03/19/2008 16:39:58
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