First-year Common Reading for the Class of 2019 is The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen.

The Good Food Revolution has been featured on a wide array of programs including CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, The Colbert Report, and NPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge and The Splendid Table.

A review in the Los Angeles Times reads,

"[Allen's] book could have been another look at the problems of the industrial food system, the lack of healthful food in many poor communities, and ideas to reverse course. And it is that, but it's also told through the painful but important lens of the African-American experience. Allen gives readers the personal, moving account of a man whose family became part of the last century's great migration of African-Americans out of the South."

Former president Bill Clinton wrote,

"From the plots of his Milwaukee urban farm to low-income communities across America, Will Allen has shown us a new type of heroism. Through The Good Food Revolution, Allen recounts his effort to reclaim his family's heritage and, in doing so, confront lingering disparities in racial and economic justice. As the champion of a new and promising movement, Allen is skillfully leading Americans to face one of our greatest domestic issues - our health."

Over the summer, the Class of 2019 will read the book and begin to reflect on the important topics raised by its narrative.

First-year students will be asked to write essays in response to the reading, based on an assignment prompt developed in partnership with the Composition Council. The essays will be available to both the book discussion leaders and Foundation Seminar instructors.

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