Required Readings for Community Conversations

August 10, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Dear Members of the Class of 2021:
For many years, Opening Days has included Community Conversations, the aims of which are:
  • To consider what’s important to you about your identity, background, and community as you transition from home to Harvard.
  • To examine your assumptions, and learn about your peers’ diverse identities and perspectives.
  • To begin to develop a sense of shared responsibility for upholding a compassionate and respectful community.
I write to share the materials you are required to read and review in advance of Community Conversations:
  • “The Danger of a Single Story,” a Tedtalk given by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • "From Coast to Coast: Carving a Home in Both" by Andrew Pérez ‘20
  • "Becoming" by Becina J. Ganther ‘20
  • "Finding Home Amidst a History of Oppression" by Fatima Bishtawi ‘17
  • "Finding Belonging as Black Men at Harvard" by Robert Rush ’18 and Mfundo Radebe ‘20
Community Conversations, slated for Tuesday, August 29 from 9:30 to 11:00 am, will be with your entryway, and co-facilitated by a current student and a faculty member, administrator, or proctor. Please engage with these materials fully and thoughtfully, as they have been prepared and selected to inspire conversation and expand your perspective on Harvard College.

Thomas A. Dingman
Dean of Freshmen
Harvard College