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First Year Experience, Common & Community Reads:

Steve  Pemberton
Steve Pemberton

Author & Chief HR Officer, Workhuman

Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care.

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Sonia  Nazario
Sonia Nazario

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Journalist

Nazario has spent over 20 years writing about social issues including immigration. Her acclaimed book, Enrique’s Journey, recounts a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S.

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Sheryl  WuDunn
Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and health.

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James  McBride
James McBride

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

McBride uses music and writing to share powerful stories such as The Color of Water, The Good Lord Bird and Miracle at St. Anna, which was adapted by Spike Lee.

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Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists

Husband-and-wife duo Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism and have written a series of best-selling books together as well as appeared in television documentaries of their books.

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Samina  Ali
Samina Ali

Award-Winning Author & Curator

Samina Ali is an award-winning author, curator, and popular speaker. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days , was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction.

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Rye  Barcott
Rye Barcott

Entrepreneur, Veteran & Bestselling Author

The founder of an NGO and a former Marine, Rye Barcott has the distinction of being both a warrior and a peacemaker, a juxtaposition he explores in the memoir It Happened on the Way to War.

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Dr. Sampson  Davis
Dr. Sampson Davis

Physician & Inspirational Leader

One of three young men raised in poverty that made a pact to become doctors, NY Times best-selling author Davis told his story in The Pact and wrote Living & Dying in Brick City and The Stuff.

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