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The 1619 Project: Start

What is the Common Reading?

It's the work we ask all Hofstra freshman to read parts of during orientation. It gives you a taste of the intellectual stimulation you will find at Hofstra. This year it's the New York Times 1619 Project. Conceived by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project marks the first arrival of enslaved Africans in the American colonies in 1619. Each contribution highlights an aspect of  American life, from our healthcare system to voter suppression, and reveals its roots in slavery and its aftermath. 


What is expected of me?

As part of your participation in New Student Orientation, you will attend a virtual panel event focusing on one of the main themes of the 1619 Project. Click Register Here to choose one of the two panel events: Voter Suppression or Public Health. You will need to log into your Hofstra zoom account first in order to register. After registering you'll receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link for the panel event. Browse the other tabs above to view the entire collection of articles and artistic works from the 1619 Project. We invite you to engage with any and all aspects of these works that interest you. Note that you are only required to read the three articles assigned to the panel event you have selected. Go to the Panels tab to access the assigned articles.


Questions about the Common Reading or New Student Orientation?

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