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Summer Reading 2019

The summer reading text for the class of 2023 is Darnell Moore’s No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. The book was chosen as part of next year’s Cultural and Intellectual Community Council [CICC] intellectual theme, “#ClimateMatters: Listening, Reflecting, and Acting”. Moore will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at noon in Kendall Hall as part of an all campus teach-in -- Community Learning Day: Going beyond the Summer Read.

A key part of the mission at TCNJ is inclusiveness and “#ClimateMatters: Listening, Reflecting, and Acting” is intended to promote campus-wide discussions that focus on the lived environment on campus. It is about our local community, composed of highly talented students, faculty, staff and alumni. We all come from different backgrounds and bring our own unique stories. In this climate we are free to grow, challenge ideas and develop professional identities. It is in this climate where we can listen to different perspectives and engage in conversations that urge us to expand our perspectives on the world. It is in this climate where we can reflect on our past experiences and question our own biases. And, it is in this climate where we can take action when we are confronted with injustice. We invite the campus community to organize and participate in dynamic and meaningful programming under this unifying concept.

In selecting Darnell Moore's No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America as the summer reading text for the graduating class of 2023, CICC recognizes that each of our incoming students arrives with a worldview influenced by their individual lived experiences. Our students' identities are unique and varied, yet similar in that they all likely come with some degree of privilege and pain. We hope that this shared reading will contribute to understanding, compassion, and love for one another as the class of 2023 begins this journey together. We expect students and facilitators will have meaningful conversations about the experiences of how personal history impacts our current reality. We believe these conversations will also highlight another of TCNJ’s core values: “Inclusiveness.”

The Summer Reading Program discussions will take place on the afternoon of Monday, August 26, 2019. Below are instructions for how to respond to the book. All students should be prepared to discuss your reactions to the text at your assigned discussion time.

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