Royal Reads is the first year reading program at The University of Scranton. The program introduces our newest students to our Jesuit mission and vision. This year we have selected the book, Almost Home, by Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley. The book provides a powerful message of hope, second chances, and, individual and collective transformation. 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.
The University invites you to join all faculty and staff, as well as the Scranton community, to join in reading Almost Home. This book was selected to foster discussions on youth homelessness, as well as more in-depth conversations about related issues: mental health, health care, youth advocacy, abuse, juvenile justice, and living wages. Ultimately, it is the desire of The University of Scranton that reading Almost Home will culminate in a transformational learning experience that includes understanding, as well as constructive action, to address the critical issues facing our world.
We are happy to announce that the authors of Almost Home will be the keynote speakers at the Ignatian Values in Action Lecture on Thursday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Byron Center on campus.