Lafayette invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Easton community to read a work of literature in preparation for the upcoming academic year.
Throughout the year, the entire community is then invited to an interdisciplinary series of campus-wide and city-based events that will explore the themes of the book more fully and engage the community in an intellectual dialogue with the text.
The choice for the upcoming school year is Laila Lalami’s acclaimed 2005 debut novel, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.
From the publisher:
“Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. As four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain, author Laila Lalami asks,
What has driven them to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? There’s Murad, a gentle, unemployed man who’s been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who’s fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife in hope of securing work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future. Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about what propels people to risk their lives in search of a better future.”
“A dream of a debut, by turns troubling and glorious, angry and wise.” —Junot Diaz
Gain a little insight on the story from the author herself, add this novel to your summer reading pile, and then join us throughout the 2017/2018 academic year for multidisciplinary events that will provide a context for us to delve into the book’s themes together, as a community.