Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success Michigan Technological University 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931-1295 NOTHING TO ENVY S u mme r 2 0 1 5 Journey deep inside the most oppressive totalitarian regime today: North Korea. Author Barbara Demick chronicles the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years, following them through the death of Kim Il-sung, the takeover of his son Kim Jong-il, and a famine that killed more than one-fifth of the nation’s population. In a world cut off from the rest of the globe, Demick’s subjects still manage to fall in love, raise families, and set goals—all while struggling for survival. In order to prepare you for college-level reading, inquiry, and discussion, Michigan Technological University sponsors a Reading as Inquiry initiative each year for the new incoming class. Over the summer, you will read Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. All first-year students are expected to read this book before arriving at Michigan Tech. During Orientation, you will meet with a member of the faculty or staff and your Orientation team to discuss the book as a group. Parents and family members are also invited to read the book. There will be a Sunday morning book discussion group designed just for them. To top it off, you will get a chance to hear author Barbara Demick speak. Book Discussions Tuesday, August 25 9:00 am–10:30 am 1:00 pm–2:30 pm Rozsa Center, Theatre Author Presentation Summer Reading 2015 Michigan Technological University Barbara Demick, author Tuesday, August 25 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Orientation Team Meeting Room First-Year Student Orientation Discussion Several book discussions will be held throughout Orientation Week. Please note the time and location of the discussion sessions below, and be prepared for an in-depth discussion of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Parent and Family Discussion Sunday, August 23 11:00 am–noon Location TBD How will Reading as Inquiry work? All first-year students are expected to read this book before arriving at Michigan Tech. Several activities during Orientation Week will focus on the reading. How do I order a book? You may purchase your book online and have it mailed directly to you from the Michigan Tech Bookstore. Visit www.bookstore.mtu.edu for more information. Questions? Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success 906-487-3558 [email protected] Heather Simpson If you have questions during the summer, you can visit the Reading as Inquiry website at www.mtu.edu/summer-reading or contact Robert R. Johnson Department of Humanities 906-487-3236 [email protected] Bookmark Attached! Separate the bookmark at perforation below. The questions will help prepare you for your Orientation team’s group discussion. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 34221/0515 Points to Ponder . . . •What themes did you see in the book? What are the social implications of those themes? •Given the opportunity to ask one question of the author, what would it be and why? •Demick follows the lives of six North Koreans. Whose story do you find most compelling, disturbing, horrific, or inspiring? •What surprised you about Demick’s experience? What could you relate to? •What do you consider to be advantages, challenges, and limitations of writing a book about a country and culture from an outside perspective? •What lessons did you take away from reading Nothing to Envy?