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Wofford Freshman Program Featured in USA Today

Friday, August 16, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College’s summer reading program for incoming students is among those featured Thursday by USA Today.

Freshmen at Wofford will read and discuss “Middle Passage” (Penguin Group Publishers, 1991) by Charles Johnson, and Johnson will be featured in a Sept. 17 convocation in which he will discuss the book and its characters with the students. The 11 a.m. program is free and open to the public. The National Book Award winner is described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a savage parable of the black experience in America.”

The USA Today article quotes Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap about the book, which he says also speaks to “identity and how it is formed and defined, especially with regard to American culture. Especially, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, it raises significant questions about understanding our place in the world.”

Summer reading programs at Wofford and Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., are featured in the article along with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, which is involved in a lawsuit over its selection of “Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations.” A listing of other college’s summer reading selections accompanies the article, including those from Cornell University, Pepperdine University, Miami of Ohio, and Clemson University.