All-School Read 2013

Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza, founder of Village Health Works and the
subject of Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains joins All-School Read
contest winner Sarah 
Kinney '15 for an interview.

For the academic 2013-14 school year, Berkshire inaugurates a new program: the All-School Read (ASR). This year, students, faculty, parents and alumni are invited to read Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness by Tracy Kidder.

The primary goal of the ASR program is to promote critical thinking skills by approaching a work of literature, be it fiction or non-fiction, through various mediums. Students (and alumni/parents) will have the opportunity to engage an author's work through not only a traditional literary perspective but also from a scientific, economic, or historic perspective. In a larger sense, this program will pull together the constituents of the School (parents, faculty, staff, students and alumni) while operating under our motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus: Not Just for School But for Life.

Strength in What Remains is a non-fiction account of Deo’s journey from the horrors of civil war and genocide in Burundi, through JFK Airport with two hundred dollars, no English and no contacts, and eventually to medical school and a life of healing.   This inspiring story of one man’s American Journey is a testament to the power of will and of second chances.

"Already you are doing a lot, wondering what is going on in Burundi and outside of Burundi and thinking about what can we do to change a place like Burundi is a really great beginning."

Deo Niyizonkiza, All-School Read 2013


Click here to read more of Deo's biography.

Click here to join the conversation on the ASR blog.

On September 19-20, Deo, the subject of the book, was on campus.  He spoke to the community during an All-School assembly, visited specific classes, had lunch and dinner with invited guests, and participated in a moderated Q&A with faculty/staff, alumni, parents and local guests.  

Click here to access RSVP information regarding this event.

Click here to read about the ASR EssayArt Contest.

Click here to read about some ways in which SiWR will be incorporated in classes this fall.

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