Last week, All-School Read (ASR) Committee Chair Callie Carew-Miller announced the 2019 All-School Read: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Published in 2014, the book has started a worldwide conversation about feminism. Adichie’s work has been translated into over 30 languages and has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Granta, and the Financial Times. Her book Americanah won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Books of 2013.
“The ASR Committee chose We Should All Be Feminists because we felt that the message could support the important conversations that the community is undertaking about diversity,” said Carew-Miller. “We particularly like how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie dispells some stereotypes about the term ‘feminist’ by defining it in clear, simple terms.”
The book’s themes will underscore the School’s yearlong celebration of 50 years of coeducation that will commence in the fall. To launch the celebration, Berkshire will host Gina Barreca, author of, among others, Babes in Boyland: a Personal History of Coeducation In the Ivy League. Known for mixing gender, power, politics, and humor, Barreca will share her experiences with the community after which students will break into small groups to discuss Adichie's book and its themes in the context of coeducation at Berkshire.
“All students should be able to take the shared language from the All-School Read to have discussions that look inwards, towards the Berkshire community, and outwards, at the country and at the world,” Carew-Miller said.