Freshmen Summer Reading
Each summer the incoming St. John’s University freshmen receive
a book to read. This year’s book is Half the Sky by
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Books will be mailed to the
students in the early part of the summer. As the semester
progresses the content of the book will be woven into some of the
freshmen courses. In addition, special events which will include
the authors will be planned.
Visit the St. John's Campus Guide site to access further details
and resources at: http://stjohns.campusguides.com/stjfrb12
~For information about Lectures/Book Discussions
Post Lecture Panel
There will be a panel discussion by members of the
Government & Politics Department, entitled, "Engaging Half the
Sky." The panel will reflect on the themes presented by Nicholas
Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of Half the Sky, in
their March 12th lecture, but will also examine
the more political aspects of the talk.
Engaging Half the
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Dr. Barbara Koziak
Dr. Fred Coccozzeli
Dr. Uma Tripathi
DAC, Room 406
Book Description from
"From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a
passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human
rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the
With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to
meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a
Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who
suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth
of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict
our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately,
They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and
girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her
brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving
retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had
her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean
mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate
and became an expert on AIDS.
Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key
to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They
make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how
we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest
unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population.
Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they
emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy.
Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do;
it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.
Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is
essential reading for every global citizen."
Visit the web site for more information about the Half the Sky
Movement at: www.halftheskymovement.org.