During the Thursday of Welcome Week, each LAS100 section is invited to a SHU faculty, staff, or community member's house for dinner. After dinner all students will participate in a guided discussion of our common read book: Growing Up Black in White
To fully participate in the discussion, your first classroom assignment is to be submitted to your FYE Instructor at Dinner & Book Discussion on Thursday, August 22.
Growing Up Black in White is a moving and sometimes humorous look into the life of one man with a fascinating past. Born into the racially-charged Detroit of 1967 to a white mother and a black father, the author was placed into foster care and then adopted by a white minister and his wife, the parents of three biological children. Hofmann’s memoir reveals the racial tensions, the difficulties of feeling neither black nor white, his family’s loving support, and his struggles to define and embrace his own identity as he grew to be a man. This is a story of hope and promise, and how we are able to define ourselves not through the racism and judgments of a challenging society, but through our own sense of self-respect and personal identity.
You are to choose one of the themes from this book to write a paper or create a piece of artwork based on one of the books themes. During Dinner and Book you will discuss your paper or artwork with your LAS100 class.