September 13, 2009: Rutgers University, NJ.- As the academic year begins, students may look through their syllabi and realize their required readings include nothing they actually want to read. But Artemus Werts is offering some alternatives.
Werts, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, founded the R.E.A.D. book club, an acronym for Read, Engage and Discuss. “[The club is] really just about reading a book and being able to discuss it with a group of peers,” Werts said. The mission of R.E.A.D. is to provide an arena for the analysis of literature outside of a classroom setting, he said.
In addition to holding conversations about the books, the club plans to advance literacy around the world through cooperation with the Global Literacy Project, a non-profit organization that works to help provide books and build libraries abroad, Werts said.