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The College Reads!

The College Reads! is the College of Charleston’s campus-wide common reading program designed to connect students, faculty, and staff around a single book to promote the idea that liberally educated people read broadly and discuss with one another ideas arising from the books they share.  All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book. Additional copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus.

2015-2016 Book Selection

The 2015-2016 The College Reads! book selection is Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson (2010).   All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book. Additional  copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus. All faculty and incoming students are encouraged to read this selection as it will be connected to the academic curriculum and campus activities throughout the year.  

Mr. Watson will be on campus November 9-10, 2015, and will deliver his public lecture on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Sottile Theatre. The lecture will be free and open to all.

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If not us, then who?  If not now, then when?  Will there be a better day for it tomorrow or the next year?  Will it be less dangerous then?  Will someone’s children have to risk their lives instead of us risking ours?    - Congressmen John Lewis 

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