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Ripon College Reading Experience

Mission Statement

The Ripon College Reading Experience seeks not just to facilitate college-level reading and thinking, but to create a shared experience between students with diverse backgrounds, to foster extracurricular learning, and to provide opportunities for common discussion and to cultivate relationships.

The class of 2017′s RCRE book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

From the author’s website:

“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.”

In choosing this book, RCRE wanted to provide a common experience and point of reference for all first-year students.  We hope you enjoyed it and thought about the ideas presented.  It may spark conversations with friends, roommates, faculty, staff, or your family. 

Events for next year will be posted here as they are finalized.

List of Past Reading Experience Books

List of Past RCRE Books

2012-2013 Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

2011-2012 - This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women - Edited by Jay Allison & Dan Gediman Link to Ripon College’s This I Believe Essays

2010-2011 - The Working Poor: Invisible in America – by David K. Shipler

2009-2010 - Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

2008-2009The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power by Travis Hugh Culley

2007-2008Feed – by M.T. Anderson

2006-2007Bringing Down The House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions – by Ben Mezrich

2005-2006Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – by Mary Roach