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Ripon College Reading Experience
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.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen written by Christopher McDougall
This book begins with Christopher McDougall’s simple question about his running workouts, “Why does my foot hurt?” In a quest to answer this seemingly simple question the author profiles super athletes, travels to Mexico to discover the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians, takes a look at what we are told by the running industry, and learns more about our ancestors and the notion that we were actually Born to Run.
In choosing this book, RCRE wanted to provide a common experience and point of reference for all first-year students. We hope enjoyed it and thought about the ideas presented. It may spark conversations with friends, roommates, faculty, staff, or your family. You might even consider taking up running or try running in a whole new way!
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List of Past Reading Experience Books
List of Past RCRE Books
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
2008-2009 – The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power by Travis Hugh Culley
2007-2008 – Feed – by M.T. Anderson
2006-2007 – Bringing Down The House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions – by Ben Mezrich
2005-2006 – Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – by Mary Roach