Incoming students over the summer were asked to read His Name Is George Floyd, winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa as part of Rhodes Reads.
This program is a partner of Memphis Reads, which is housed at neighboring institution Christian Brothers University and was created to give students a common academic experience and to connect them with the campus community. A book is selected each year that engages Memphians in issues that are relative to daily societal topics and themes.
His Name Is George Floyd tells the story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change. In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize winner, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Writer's Talks with the authors will be held at CBU University Theatre on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and at Rhodes College’s McNeill Concert Hall on Oct. 26. at 6 p.m.
The Rhodes event, which includes a Q&A, is being presented as part of the college’s Communities in Conversation series and 175th Anniversary Celebration.