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The Mount community is joining together for a "Campus Read" during the 2016 fall semester, of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's autobiography, "My Beloved World."

University unites for a campus read: ‘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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