Summer 2009 Reading Project
All incoming first year students at Florida Gulf Coast University will read Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time in order to explore FGCU's Learning Goal Community Awareness and Involvement. Mortenson's title comes from a Baltistan proverb: "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time, you are an honored guest. The third time you become family." This tale describes the way in which Mortenson builds schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan, overcoming enormous cultural divides and fostering peace. The book broadens our understanding of community and provides depth to our notions of civic engagement and involvement.
The summer reading assignment expects students to analyze the issue of civic engagement in the book, as well as to consider the relationship between what students learn in the book and their own interactions with diverse communities. Ultimately students should begin to understand and address the ten General Education Learning Goals in order to begin their own growth and development (these goals are located at http://www.fgcu.edu/General_Education/learninggoals.html).
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