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Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Common Read Essay Contest (deadline 09/01/14)

Open to all Fall 2014 new incoming students!

The Prompt:

Piper Kerman’s story is a window into a world most readers have never seen before. With each person she meets, Piper struggles with critical issues for understanding what it means to be a part of her new community: race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, power, and privilege. This book is an invitation to reflect on how everyone’s stories intersect but are also shaped and informed by those larger social issues, too. How does Piper’s experience illuminate the opportunities and challenges ahead, as you begin to live and work with people from different cultures and experiences at UMass Amherst?

The DEADLINE for this contest has now PASSED.

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Common Read 2014: Orange is the New Black

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has selected Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman as its Common Read for 2014-15.The book, originally published in 2010, tells the true story of the author’s time in a federal women’s prison where she served a 15-month sentence for drug trafficking. Read more


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