All-School Read

The primary goal of Berkshire’s All-School Read (ASR) program is to promote critical thinking by approaching a work of literature, be it fiction or non-fiction, through various media. Students have the opportunity to engage an author’s work through not only a traditional literary perspective but also from a scientific, economic, or historical perspective. On a larger scale, this program encourages all constituents of the School--parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends--along with its local community, to be a part of this enriching program while embracing the School motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus: “Learning—not just for school but for life.”

ASR 2016

This year, Berkshire's All-School Read Committee selected the book that everyone talked about in 2015, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in October 2015, Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about social issues and politics and is perhaps best known for his influential writing on race in America.

Between the World and Me is Coates’s book-length essay told in the form of a letter to his teenage son. Powerful and thought-provoking, it is sure to create conversations on campus.


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Past All-School Read Programs

ASR 2015

New York Times Bestselling Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben visited Berkshire for the 2015 All-School Read. McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, is the founder of

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ASR 2014

Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, addressed the Berkshire community during 2014's All-School Read program. A graduate of Stanford University, Shiza is the co-founder and CEO of the Malala Fund, an organization that works to empower girls through education.

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ASR 2013

Author Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains explores the journey of Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza through the horrors of civil war and genocide in his native Burundi, to medical school and a life of healing. Niyizonkiza, founder of Village Health Works, visited the school for the inaugural All-School Read program in 2013.

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