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Washburn University’s iRead program selects 2017 book, “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard

05/31/17 03:05 pm CDT
"The iREAD program encourages the university vision of 'student-centered, teaching-focused' learning"

     “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journeyby Candice Millard has been selected as the featured book in the 2017-2018 Washburn University iREAD program.

     After his election defeat in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

     Author Candice Millard is the author of three books -- all New York Times bestsellers and named best books of the year by publications from the New York Times to the Washington Post.  Her first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Book Sense Pick, won the William Rockhill Nelson Award and was a finalist for the Quill Awards. Millard’s other works include Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, and Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill.

     Millard will deliver the 2017-2018 iREAD lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, Washburn campus. “The River of Doubt” is available for purchase in the Washburn University Ichabod Shop, located in the Memorial Union.

     All incoming first-year Washburn students are introduced to the book at summer orientation events and are encouraged to read the book over the summer. During the fall 2017 semester, students will read this book in disciplines ranging from English to WU101, a First-Year Experience class.  

     Established in 2007, Associate Dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention Sean Bird explains, “The Washburn iREAD program gives students the opportunity to participate in a common reading experience that expands their critical thinking, discussion and reading skills, while also fostering campus involvement and enhancement of the campus community.” 

     "The iREAD program encourages the university vision of 'student-centered, teaching-focused' learning," , according to  Alan Bearman, dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention, “It is a collaborative campus initiative that creates partnerships across campus including the University Libraries, Center for Student Success, Department of English and others, as well as in the community. The community is invited to join Washburn in reading The River of Doubtand take part in the discussions that will take place.”  

     For more information, visit www.washburn.edu/iread.



Washburn University
Patrick Early, (785) 670-1711
Director, Public Relations
(717) 385-1119 (cell)

Sean Bird
Associate Dean of University Libraries

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