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Global-Ed-Quaker-Reads-Intro-Photo#QuakerReads, Wilmington College’s common reading program, provides first-year students with a shared experience and introduces them to academic life. Through reading and conversation, students engage with the world and become more familiar with Wilmington’s distinctive mission and core values. All other members of the community are invited to join the freshman class by participating in #QuakerReads.

Incoming freshmen receive copies of the #QuakerReads book during Summer Orientation so that they can read it before arriving on campus in August. During Fall Orientation, students will meet with their First Year Experience seminar professor and classmates to share ideas about the reading.

#QuakerReads 2017

Part One: Summer Orientation

The #QuakerReads books for the incoming freshman class is The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen. Students will receive this “what to expect and how to deal with this transition book” at their summer orientation program. The Naked Roommate is a best-seller nationwide for freshman programs that prompts open, honest and self-reflective responses from the reader. This book will also be used and referred to in your fall course, GL 125: First Year Seminar: The Individual in a Global Society.

Part Two: Fall 2017, GL 125: First Year Seminar: The Individual In a Global Society

This course is designed to help Main Campus incoming freshman make a successful transition to the Wilmington College community and introduce them to the college’s mission, vision, core values and goals while increasing their understanding of the perspectives of other cultures, global issues, the interconnectedness of the world, and their roles as engaged citizens.

This course also includes a second unified reading, William Kamkwamba’s story, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, through which students will be introduced to the four areas of thought and expression in our general education program, as well as gain a fundamental introduction to global issues and to the goals of our global education program.

2017 Common Reading

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

“William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.”


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Past #QuakerReads

2015 – The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

2014 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

2013 – A Thousand Sisters by Lisa Shannon

2012 – Step Back from the Baggage Claim by Jason Barger

2011 – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

2010 – Restavec by Jean-Robert Cadet

2009 – War Child by Emmanuel Jaal