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Summer Readings

All readings are National Book Award winners, and the authors are Presidential Lecture invitees. The readings are intended to introduce complexity to the fellow and to frame current world events and tensions around complexity.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.*

Age of Ambition-Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in New China by Evan Osnos – A vibrant, colorful and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.*

The Worst  Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan – In a tour de force of historical reportage, Egan’s National Book Award-winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.*

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