2018 Summer Reading Assignment

The summer reading program is a tool used by many colleges and universities across the country to initiate campus-wide conversations around issues of power, privilege and social class.  This year's text was selected by members of the First Year faculty and campus administrators and will be discussed during Orientation and in your Learning Communities.  We have selected We Should All be Feminists  as Wagner College's Class of 2022 Common Summer Read!

Students, faculty and staff will engage this beautifully crafted piece by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  and will be challenged to begin important conversations around the role that gender plays in our larger society.  Students are expected to complete an interactive assignment, which will not only require that they thoughtfully read the book, but then that they share the book with someone else.  Later in June, prompts will be posted on the New Student Hub with conversation starters, that each student will use to design a creative response either in written form, VLOG or Podcast. The assignment  will be due on August 5, 2018.

Summer Reading Assignment Guiding Prompts

All new students are expected to participate in the Summer Read Program by reading the selected text We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and responding to the book in a creative way.  The questions listed below were informed by a conversation between with three young men, one of whom is a member of Wagner College’s class of 2022, Jon Kraus,  about the book We Should All Be Feminist, and  are meant to serve as conversation starters, that help you design a creative response either this year’s summer read, either  in written form, VLOG or a Podcast. If you chose to submit a VLOG or Podcast, they should not exceed ten (10) minutes in duration.  If you elect to submit a written  response, it should be no longer than five (5) pages, double spaced.  

Each of your submissions will be shared with your LC faculty and evaluated as an example of your creativity, ability to analyze text and ability to communicate either in writing or public speaking.  A separate committee will review all of the submissions and select the top three projects based on creativity, content and overall presentation. The winners will receive a book voucher to the campus bookstore in the amount of the total costs related to books for the fall semester.  

We are looking forward to your submissions and encourage you to have fun as you embark on a very important conversation around justice.  The deadline to submit your project is August 5, 2018, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at orientation@wagner.edu.  

Summer Read Conversation Starters:

  • Define what being a feminist means to you.
  • If someone called you a feminist, would consider it a compliment or an insult?  
  • How do you think people’s perceptions of gender have changed over time?
  • Based on your experiences do you think everyone is equal regardless of their gender?
  • Have you ever been discriminated against based on your gender?
  • Do you consider yourself a feminist? If so, give an example of a time when you had to confront gender based discrimination.
  • When you consider your behaviors, can you think of a moment, when you may have created experiences in which women have felt discriminated?

Please read the instructions on how to properly submit your summer reading response:

Instructions for Submitting Summer Reading Assignment Through Google Drive