The Princeton Pre-read Tradition
The Pre-read program, initiated by President Christopher L. Eisgruber in 2013, introduces incoming freshmen to Princeton’s intellectual life.
Members of the incoming class join together to read and discuss a book that President Eisgruber selects and sends to freshmen prior to their arrival on campus. Freshmen then participate in Pre-read discussions with student leaders during Orientation Week and with President Eisgruber over the course of the academic year. Other University community members also are encouraged to read and discuss the Pre-read selection.
Class of 2027 Selection: How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future
President Eisgruber’s Princeton Pre-read selection for the Class of 2027 is How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future by Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa.
The book recounts Ressa’s journey from CNN reporter to CEO and executive editor of the Philippines-based online news organization Rappler.com. Her efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and expose the government’s role in spreading misinformation have led to ongoing legal proceedings and imprisonment. Undaunted, Ressa continues to fight against the spread of disinformation and attempts to silence the free press. This book articulates Maria’s commitment to “the fight for our future”—which she invites all of us to join—to protect truth, democracy, and journalistic integrity.
Copies of How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future will be available to community members with distribution beginning in summer 2023. Requests may be made starting in June by contacting Tessa Yelenik in the Office of Finance and Treasury at 609-258-2755 or [email protected]
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“In this impassioned warning and inspirational call to arms, Ressa identifies and illuminates her core values of empathy, honesty, and faith in humanity to illustrate how a strong commitment to such foundational beliefs can provide the key to democracy’s survival. . . . Searing and electrifying.” — Booklist (starred review)
“[Ressa’s] courageous work has garnered well-deserved international attention, and her book serves as a readable, urgent plea for journalistic integrity, vigilance, and transparency. . . . An indispensable journalist presents an impassioned, well-informed warning about vital global issues.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Nobel Peace Prize cowinner Ressa . . . delivers an outstanding memoir-cum-action plan for creating “a vision of the internet that binds us together instead of tearing us apart” . . . . Elegantly written yet stuffed with research data and technical details, this is an essential update on the battle against disinformation.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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