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‘Half the Sky’ Announced as 2013-14 Campus Read Book

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 11:41 am / May 14, 2013

half-the-sky-cover1“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, has been chosen as Boise State’s 2013-2014 Campus Read book selection. 

Incoming first-year students will receive the book during their orientation this summer and it will be discussed in University Foundations courses beginning in the fall. Print and digital copies also are available at Albertsons Library and the Boise Public Library, and the book is for sale at the Boise State Bookstore for a 20 percent discount.

About the Book

“Half the Sky” is described as a “passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.” Through the stories of real women, the authors show that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. The book illustrates how real people have done just that.

“Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.” (From

“Half the Sky” also has been made into an acclaimed PBS documentary.  

Teaching the Book

Boise State faculty are strongly encouraged to incorporate this book into their 2013-2014 instruction at all levels. Feel free to contact the Campus Read committee co-chairs (listed below) with questions about integrating the book into classes or curricula.

The Campus Read Program has a limited number of free copies available to faculty who plan to use the book in their courses. If you are interested, please contact a Campus Read committee co-chair for more details. Exam and desk copies for faculty also are available from the publisher.

Events and Programming

Faculty, staff and campus community members interested in coordinating any programs or events related to the Campus Read are invited to contact members of the committee. The calendar for next year is still being assembled, and the campus community is encouraged to help coordinate an exciting program of events.

The Campus Read program is designed to encourage all members of the campus community to engage both in and out of the classroom setting.

For more information about the program, visit or contact one of the committee co-chairs: Blaine Eckles, (, Tom Hillard ( or Carrie Moore ( 

Each year, Boise State’s Campus Read committee selects a book that will encourage students to read beyond textbooks; raise awareness and tolerance of intergenerational and cultural likenesses and differences; promote academic discourse and critical thinking; provide an introduction to the expectations of higher education; integrate an academic and social experience into the campus community; and create a sense of community by increasing student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction. The Campus Read program is overseen by the Provost’s Office, in cooperation with New Student and Family Programs.