Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Message from The Start-up of You Authors Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today’s fractured world of work, The Start-up of You provides strategies that will help students survive, thrive, and achieve the boldest professional ambitions and to take control of their futures. Read authors Reid Hoffman (co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn) and Ben Casnocha’s  message to educators:

Students are graduating into an extraordinarily tough economy. Record numbers of college grads in America are jobless or underemployed.

How will your students launch a successful career today? How will they not only land a good job out of school, but also develop an overall career strategy to survive and thrive in this hyper-competitive economy?

Here’s how: treat their career as its own start-up venture. Drawing on the founding of LinkedIn and our experiences working with the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, our new book The Start-Up of You explains how each individual can apply entrepreneurial strategies to their career. This doesn’t mean students have to start their own company. Everyone can use Silicon Valley techniques Continue reading

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St. Edward’s University Selects World War Z For Common Reading

St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX has selected Max Brook’s World War Z  as their freshman studies common text for the Fall 2012 semester. All incoming freshmen for the upcoming school year will be reading this book and discussing… The Zombie War.

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the world, from decimated cities to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and children who came face-to-face with the living and undead hell of that time. World War Z is the result, a document that conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance.

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“The Best Novel About Digital Life Yet,” says Professor

A professor at Oberlin College assigned Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story to her first-year class on new technologies. She’d been teaching the class for over ten years and decided to change things up by assigning Shteyngart’s book to fifteen 18-year olds.

“I expected about half to skip it, another half to say it was too difficult. Instead I got one unanimous round of applause. They all loved it. ‘Why?’ I asked. ‘It’s like us on steroids,’ said one. Fourteen other heads bobbed in agreement.”

She goes on to mention in her article on buzzfeed.com how refreshing it was to find a contemporary novel like Shteyngart’s that deals with or even seems to understand technology.

Super Sad true Love Story is one of the few in recent memory to tackle this theme head on — and it’s the one I think we’ll be reading in 10 years from now, after the award winners are forgotten.”

Set in an alternative future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?

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A Message from Dear Marcus Author Jerry McGill

Last year I retired from a profession that was probably the most challenging, the most frustrating, and in many ways the most rewarding profession that I’ve ever held. When I rolled my wheelchair out of my high school English classroom for the last time, I had to take a moment to recognize and honor all that I had gained from the experience. My reasons for choosing not to return to the classroom are complex and varied, but one thing is without doubt: to watch a student read, process, and discuss a work of literature is a thing of beauty.

I recall so well my freshman class’s heartfelt reactions to the suffering of young Elie Wiesel as we became immersed in the story of Night. Class discussions revolved around the cruelty of humankind and the necessity of hope, and their journals reflected just how engrossed they were in the journey. They experienced a similar reaction when the students (who were, like the school, about 92% Caucasian) Continue reading

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Sacred Heart University Picks The Other Wes Moore for Summer Reading

The incoming freshman class at Sacred Heart University will be reading The Other Wes Moore as their first summer reading assignment. The author, Wes Moore, will also be speaking on campus  to the Sacred Heart freshman class and the entire University on September 5, 2012. The college recently announced its 2012-13 title selection with enthusiasm for both the challenge and inspiration this book offers.

The Other Wes Moore is a thought-provoking look into the “fates” of two men with the same name. One man became a Rhodes Scholar, a White House Fellow, and a successful investment banker, while the other is now spending a life sentence in prison for the murder of a police officer. Both emerged from similar environments, yet they now inhabit two different worlds; author Wes Moore sets out to answer how and why. The book has already been adopted for common reading at more than twenty colleges & universities.

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