“Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965” by
author Juan Williams has been selected as the featured book in the
2014-2015 Washburn University iREAD program.
Based on the PBS-TV series of the same name, this book is Williams’
examination of the first decade of the American Civil Rights Movement
and was chosen in part to coincide with the 60th anniversary
of the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court Decision.
Williams is an award-winning writer and investigative journalist who has
worked as a reporter for NPR and The Washington Post and as a political
analyst for Fox News. Because of Williams’ expertise, he was selected as
the keynote speaker at the start of the Smithsonian Museum’s celebration
of the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision.
Williams will deliver the 2014-2015 iREAD lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday,
September 25, 2014 in White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center,
Washburn campus. “Eyes on the Prize” 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 2014 semester, students will read this book in
disciplines ranging from English to WU101, a First-Year Experience class.
Established in 2007, 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 and is a collaborative campus initiative that
creates partnerships across campus including the university libraries,
Center for Student Success, and English department, as well as in the
community. The community is invited to join Washburn in reading “Eyes on
the Prize” and take part in the discussions that will take
For more information, visit Washburn.edu/iread.