This fall, Fenwick faculty are excited to welcome students in grades 7-8 to join us for discussions on our inaugural "One Book, One Fenwick" text, Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun!
Hansberry’s 1959 play follows the Youngers, an African-American family, as they seek the American Dream in Chicago. When the Youngers inherit a $10,000 insurance check, they pursue wishes for entrepreneurship, education and, especially, a house of their own in Clybourne Park, a white neighborhood. A Raisin in the Sun engages with topics and themes from across the American literary tradition, including assimilation, class, race, gender, hope, pride and family relationships.
We are excited to invite middle-school students to join us for discussions on the text in celebration of the "One Book, One Fenwick" program. This initiative, hosted by Fenwick’s English Department, encourages all students, faculty, alumni, and community members to come together to read and discuss a shared text. Students study the selection as part of their summer reading, and throughout the year, Fenwick hosts a variety of events to foster community and conversation around the text. This year’s events include an all-school student assembly, book chats for alumni, performances of scenes by Fenwick theater students, and interdisciplinary discussions across students’ classes.
Students and their parents/guardians are invited to join Fenwick teachers and the admissions team for an upcoming evening program on Wednesday, November 17.
Book discussions will meet in the Fenwick library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Faculty will host discussions and performance activities on the text from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Please register in advance (below). We look forward to sharing conversations about Hansberry’s play with students and families. Thank you for supporting "One Book, One Fenwick!"