First published in 2003, during Barak Obama’s tenure in the U.S. Senate, Dreams from My Father offers students more than a simple glimpse into the life of this historic president. President Obama lyrically and unsentimentally explores his own search for self as the son of a white American mother and black African father. With the insight only experience can provide, he guides readers “straight into the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race” (The Washington Post Book World). As your student body continues to grow and diversify this reflection on rejecting stereotypes, finding community and the struggle to attain a true identity can bring depth, insight and American history,into your freshman year reading and common reading programs.
The following universities have selected this book for common reading:
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
California State University – East Bay
La Guardia Community College
Also consider these Barack Obama books: The Audacity of Hope (common reading at Endicott College and New York Institute of Technology) A Change We Can Believe In and Barack Obama For Beginners, An Essential Guide