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Summer Reading and Writing Program

The IC Summer Reading and Writing Program is designed to introduce you to the intellectual life of Illinois College. The goals of the program are to stimulate discussion and critical thinking surrounding a current topic, to enhance the connection between students, faculty and staff and to provide a common experience.

Expected of all first-year students, it involves reading and studying a common text over the summer. After reading the text, you will be asked to complete a writing assignment for your first-year seminar course. The writing assignment will help you to crystallize your thinking about a significant issue and then express your ideas in a succinct form to other members of the academic community.
This year's 2014 first-year seminar assignment will be due on Saturday, August 30. If you are a first-year student who would like more information on the required assignment, please contact us at

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

The IC Connections common reading for 2014 is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.

Two kids with the same name, living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. The Other Wes Moore tells the story of what went wrong and how to prevent the other Wes Moores of the world from ending up in prison.

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Wes is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nation’s youth.


Summer Readings Over the Years

:: Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the
    Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel (2013)
:: Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project 
edited by Dave Isay (2012)
:: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2011)
:: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (2010)
:: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (2009)
:: Playing for Time by Arthur Miller (2008)
:: Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (2007)
:: A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong (2006)
:: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (2005)
:: Breakfast is Compulsory by Dr. Wallace N. Jamison (2004)
:: The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway (2003)
:: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (2002)
:: Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (2001)
:: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (2000)

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