Each year, Illinois Wesleyan University engages in a Summer Reading Program for new students. Students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members, Bloomington-Normal business and community leaders, and alumni read a selected book throughout the summer and gather during New Student Orientation for a discussion. Throughout the year, additional learning opportunities about the topic are available to the campus community.
This year’s book is Outcasts United by Warren St. John. Enclosed is a copy of the book for you to read throughout the summer. Please remember to bring the book with you in August. Warren St. John will be the speaker at the President’s Convocation on campus on September 4.
Outcasts United is the true story of a soccer team made up of children who came to the southern United States in the 1990s as refugees. These children fled war zones around the world with their families and settled in a town in Georgia. There, a woman named Luma Mufleh organized the children into a soccer team called the Fugees. St. John tells the story of Coach Luma and the refugee children as they adjust to a new life and strive to succeed on the soccer field.
To learn more about this year's summer reading program, click here .