Supporting the learning, development, and success of students during their first year of college is a unique task. As higher education professionals, you help students find their footing and create ties to their new campus community.

Provide your students, faculty, staff, and community members with a shared experience—and a shared read—to foster thoughtful discussions about relevant issues that affect them today.

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation by Paul Farmer

“Paul Farmer’s deserved fame … centers on his moral commitment to doing good in the world and on the extraordinary influence of his personal call to a generation of young men and women to make the same remarkable commitment.”—Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University

“Paul Farmer is the most compelling voice for justice in a generation. In this volume are the stories and insights that have helped thousands of students imagine—and fight for—a better world. Read this to be inspired. Read this to learn. Most importantly, when you’re done, give this book to a friend and join the movement for health equity.”—Jonny Dorsey, cofounder of Global Health Corps





Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other by Mugambi Jouet

“Seeking to understand rather than condemn, Jouet offers a rich and revealing portrait of the America that produced President Donald J. Trump.” —Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University

“An engaging analysis of the fundamental contradictions shaping the USA today. . . . Jouet’s book covers a wide range of subjects, including legal studies, political sociology/science, criminology, comparative studies, history and economics. This book will spark a renewed discussion about what makes America exceptional.”London School of Economics







Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines edited by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, George Lipsitz

“A powerful compendium on the discourse of colorblindness shaping American society, which forcefully demonstrates that it is not a change of heart but an epistemic shift in a long racial project. Assembles an impressive array of scholars from diverse academic locations who represent leading and emergent voices in the study of race.”—Roderick A. Ferguson, author of The Reorder of Things

“Structural white domination shapes social cognition not merely at the individual level but within the supposedly objective academy. But yesterday’s overt racism in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and legal theory is no longer acceptable in a post-civil rights epoch—hence, the shift toward today’s ‘colorblindness.’ This trailblazing and courageous text exposes the ongoing illicit white advantage concealed beneath the pretense of racial neutrality.”—Charles W. Mills, author of Black Rights/White Wrongs



Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Ransby

“As accessible as it is urgent and necessary. Ransby’s eyewitness account of the players and the events that built the Black Lives Matter movement spring to life with an immediacy and familiarity that provides rich color and feeling to what might have been, in other hands, a bloodless march through recent history.”The Washington Post

“I can imagine no more perfect example of the dedicated scholar-activist than Barbara Ransby. She now offers us an analysis of the Movement for Black Lives, and its historical continuities and ruptures, that reflects both her considerable skills as a historian and her rich experience as an activist. This book passionately urges us to adopt the radical and feminist versions of democracy that will move us forward.”—Angela Y. Davis, author of Freedom Is a Constant Struggle




The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail by Jason De León. Photographs by Michael Wells

“Hard to put down. Its violent and vivid content draws you into a reality that we should all know about, and the author’s interpretation provides a political and theoretical perspective that challenges conventional beliefs about undocumented migration.”The Times Literary Supplement

“De León confronts us with a vivid indictment of the killing fields on the US-Mexico border and reveals the brutality of global inequality in all its goriness and intimate suffering. A self-described refugee from archaeology, De León is revitalizing the field of anthropology by blowing apart the traditional subdisciplinary boundaries. With no holds barred, he offers new paths for theory, methods, and public anthropology.” —Philippe Bourgois, author of Righteous Dopefiend and In Search of Respect