2012 Summer Reading
May 15, 2012
The EC READS program is pleased to announce that this summer, Emmanuel students, faculty, staff and alums are reading:
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
(New students will receive a free copy at orientation in June.)
The award-winning book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, and the New York Times article "The Deadly Choices at Memorial" by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Dr. Sheri Fink delve into the moral dilemmas individuals, communities, and institutions face in a time of tragedy, in this case the events of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Zeitoun recounts the effects of the storm and its chaotic aftermath on the family of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian immigrant, and his wife Cathy, a Louisiana-born Muslim convert. Dr. Fink's article focuses on the challenges experienced by doctors and staff in their care of patients at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina. Both of these gripping readings touch on issues of ethics, faith, and justice, and offer the opportunity for the entire campus community to join in a conversation on these and other important topics.
Incoming first year students will participate in a discussion of these readings during Welcome Week and may refer to them in other campus activities, including their First Year Seminar course. Dr. Fink is also scheduled to speak at Convocation in the fall.
Additional Related Resources:
- Zeitoun Foundation: http://www.zeitounfoundation.org/index.php
- 826 Boston, the Boston chapter of Dave Egger's 826 Valencia writing center: http://826boston.org/about/
- Sheri Fink's website: http://www.sherifink.net/
- ProPublica author page for Sheri Fink (see articles at the bottom that reference Katrina and its aftermath): http://www.propublica.org/site/author/sheri_fink
Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath:
- CNN coverage of Hurricane Katrina: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/katrina/
- Timothy Egan, "After the Deluge," The New York Times, August 13, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/books/review/Egan-t.html?pagewanted=all
- Nicholas Lemann, "The New New Orleans," The New York Review of Books, March 24, 2011. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/mar/24/new-new-orleans/