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New Student Reading Project: Amara Lakhous & the 'Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio'

by Daniel Aloi
Cornell Chronicle

Gather a group of people from varying backgrounds in one place, get them talking and watch their different perspectives emerge.

That is one outcome of the New Student Reading Project at Cornell and a central theme of this year’s selection, “Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio” by Amara Lakhous.

At locations across campus Aug. 25, faculty, staff and administrators facilitated small group discussions of the book with first-year and new transfer students who read it over the summer.