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Summer Reading Program


Book Cover with photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the phrase Notorious RBG overlayed


Why is RBG Notorious?

You will learn the answer to this question while reading the Summer Reading book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The authors began blogging about Ginsburg during law school; the project grew into a lively  book that celebrates Ginsburg's accomplishments. Students are to purchase a copy of the book and come to campus ready to talk about Ginsburg as a strong woman. Students can buy the book at their local bookstore or where they shop online. 

Who is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court in 1993, the second woman to be appointed as justice. She currently serves with two other women, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Ginsburg is known for her support of equity in the workplace and women's rights. She earned a degree at Cornell University and then, as a mother of young children, attended Harvard Law School. She was one of the only women in her Harvard class. She has volunteered with the American Civil Liberties Union and mentored numerous younger women in their pursuit of legal and judicial careers. 

Summer Reading Program Activities

On September 16, your advising group will discuss the book, and the freshman class will watch a film about Ginsburg's life. 

Students will receive the reading questions when they visit campus for StartStrong over the summer. It is the expectation that they will have answered the questions in preparation for the book discussions in mid-September. 

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Chrissie Bumgardner
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