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Image shows the cover for The Invention of Wings.Meredith College’s 2014 Summer Reading Program selection is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings.

The historical fiction novel tells the story of the Grimke sisters, who were abolitionists and supporters of women’s rights in 1830s. It is richly descriptive, and the alternating narrators – Sarah Grimke and a young slave girl called “Handful” – offer thought-provoking perspectives on daily life and issues of the time.

The committee charged with selecting the summer reading book found that The Invention of Wings will engage students with a compelling story, attract a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and opportunities for involvement, and address a topic of importance to the College. The issues raised in the book touch on numerous academic disciplines, and enrichment opportunities are being planned that will engage and energize the Meredith community.

The Summer Reading Program enhances the academic climate on campus by engaging incoming first-year students in a shared intellectual endeavor with the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumnae.


Summer Reading Program Events

Summer Reading Program Lecture
Now Let Me Fly: Academic Perspectives on The Invention of Wings
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
7 p.m.
Jones Auditorium

Summer Reading Program Small Group Discussions
Monday, September 8, 2014
10-10:50 a.m.
Locations vary

Summer Reading Program/FYE Service Project
In Their Shoes
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
10 a.m., Jones Chapel
3-7 p.m., Belk Courtyard

Welcome to Meredith College 2018

Meredith College welcomed approximately 460 new students when the Class of 2018 arrived for Move-In Day on August 16, 2014. Members of the Class of 2018 came from 18 states and 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, South Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela, and Vietnam. The Class of 2018 includes 38 honors scholars and 28 students who will be Meredith College Teaching Fellows. Meredith also welcomed more than 190 students in the IMPACT Raleigh program, which includes students from Wake County and out-of-state students who provide service and work each semester in their new home of Raleigh.



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