The Mount community is joining together for a "Campus Read" during the 2016 fall semester, of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's autobiography, "My Beloved World."
This fall, the Mount Saint Mary’s community will be learning
more about the third woman – and first Hispanic – appointed to the U.S. Supreme
Court. That’s because the University community will join together for a “Campus
Read” of Justice Sotomayor’s 2014 autobiography, “My Beloved World.”
Her book was initially adopted as the common book to be
read by all students in the Mount’s First-Year Seminar, which was recently
redesigned by faculty and is a required course for first-year students. At the
invitation of President Ann McElaney-Johnson, the book will now be part of an
even broader University-wide discourse, as faculty, staff and alums are joining
in the read.
“We are so grateful to our faculty for their work on the
development of the First-Year Seminar as the foundation course for LACE, our
new general studies program,” says President McElaney-Johnson.
The First-Year Seminar Leadership Team is comprised of Micah
Daily, PhD, associate director for learning assistance programs; Robin Owens,
PhD, assistant professor of religious studies; and Elizabeth Sturgeon, PhD, associate
professor of English. Additional discussions and events related to the book
will also be hosted by other groups throughout the semester, including the Mount’s
Center for Academic Innovation and Creativity and libraries on each campus.
Since deciding to speak more openly about her personal life,
Sotomayor has become an inspiration to many Americans who have faced similarly uphill
battles in life. In her book, Sotomayor talks candidly about growing up with
material poverty and chronic illness: “The challenges I have faced,” she says
in the preface to her autobiography, “are not uncommon, but neither have they
kept me from uncommon achievements.”
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