THE ROYAL READS PROGRAM
A First Year Reading Program
The Royal Reads Program at The University of Scranton creates a shared experience for ourfirst-year class through the reading of a carefully selected book. We select a Royal Reads book each year to introduce our newest students to the Ignatian values at the heart of our Universityand to invite students to consider how these values can shape one's college experience and one's life.
Throughout each student's first year at the University of Scranton, students will encounter themes from the selected book in classes and in extracurricular opportunities, as well as in a wide range of formal and informal discussions.
For information regarding the Royal Reads Program and the Ignatian Values in Action Lecture, contact:
Rebecca Haggerty, Assistant Dean for Programs and Assessment
The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Scranton
Phone: 570-941-4399 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2015-2016 ROYAL READS
The book we have selected for the 2015-2016 academic year Royal Reads Program is Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Prejean is nationally and internationally known for her tireless campaign against the death penalty. Sister Prejean is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. Her book gives an account of her experience being the spiritual advisor to death row inmates and her subsequent journey as an activist bringing attention to the issue of capital punishment, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members.
"Dead Man Walking is a mediation on love, criminal violence and capital punishment. In a larger sense, it is about life and death itself. Are we here to persecute our brothers or bring compassion into a world which is cruel without reason?" (Sister Helen Prejean)
This year, the Royal Reads Program is happy to announce that Sister Prejean will visit the University of Scranton on Thursday, September 17, 2015 as the keynote speaker for our annual lecture on Ignatian Values in Action (7PM at the Byron Center). All incoming freshman are required to attend this event. During his visit, Sister Prejean will also meet with University students, campus and community leaders, and community service providers.
LINKS & RESOURCES
Click here to learn more about Sister Prejean.
Follow on Twitter @helenprejean
2014-2015 ROYAL READS
The book selected for the 2014-2015 academic year Royal Reads Program is Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge by Jay Sullivan. In between graduating from Boston College and attending Fordham University Law School, Sullivan taught English in Kingston, Jamaica. His book tells the story of a small group of nuns, a large group of boys and a handful of recent college grads as they build a community of caring.
“Raising Gentle Men is not full of dramatic, life-altering events. And yet, the story is perfect. The power of Jay’s story is in the small details: a bed-time story, a brief moment holding hands. And isn’t that the lesson for us all when searching how to serve others? We shouldn’t underestimate God’s power to work in small ways.” (America Magazine)
Jay Sullivan visited the University of Scranton on Thursday, September 18, 2014 as the keynote speaker for our annual lecture on Ignatian Values in Action (6PM at the Byron Center). Click here to watch.
LINKS & RESOURCES
Click here to learn more about Jay Sullivan and his book: Raising Gentle Men.
2013-2014 ROYAL READS
The book selected for the 2013-2014 academic year Royal Reads Program is Almost Home by a Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley. Kevin Ryan is the President of Covenant House, which is the largest charity serving homeless, trafficked and runaway youth in the Americas. Tina Kelley was a staff writer for the New York Times for ten years and shared in a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the September 11 attacks. Almost Home describes the lives of six young people who struggle with issues such as family violence, prostitution, teen parenthood, rejection based on sexual orientation, and aging out of foster care without a family. Almost Home is “full of hope, compassion, and practical suggestions on how to fight youth homelessness” so, as a community, we can “help young people attain the bright futures they deserve.”
Both Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley visited the University of Scranton on Thursday, September 19, 2013 as the keynote speakers for our annual lecture on Ignatian Values in Action. During their visit, Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley met with University students, campus and community leaders, and community service providers.
LINKS & RESOURCES
Follow Kevin Ryan on Twitter @CovHousePrez and use the hashtag: #RoyalValues
Click here and LIKE Covenant House International's Facebook page.
2012-2013 ROYAL READS
The book selected for the 2012-13 academic year Royal Reads Program is Tattoos on theHeart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by a Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. Father Boyle isthe founder of Homeboy Industries, a widely recognized gang intervention program locatedin Los Angeles, California. His book describes the struggles and the triumphs of former gangmembers and their families, emphasizing our common humanity, the power of hope, and ourconviction “that no life is less valuable than another.”
Father Boyle visited theUniversity of Scranton during the third week of September as the keynote speaker for our annuallecture on Ignatian Values in Action. During his visit, Father Boyle met with University students, campus and community leaders, and community service providers.
Students also had the opportunity to meet and listen to current University of Scranton students and faculty who have participated in service learning trips to Homeboy Industries in LosAngeles.
READING GUIDE FOR REFELCTION AND DISCUSSION
Download reflection and discussion questions to enhance one’s learning andengagement.
LINKS & RESOURCES
Students are also encouraged to watch and listen to Fr. Boyle’s address from thespring of 2011, when he visited our campus to receive the Pedro Arrupe, S.J.,Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries on YouTube.