Harding Read 2020
A campus read program called Harding Read began fall 2016. The American Studies Institute, Brackett Library and First Year Experience contributed ideas to the creation of the program, which encourages the campus community to read a book together and engage both in and out of the classroom.
President McLarty has chosen Michael Lindsay’s View From the Top: An Inside Look at How People In Power See and Shape the World for the 2020-21 Harding Read. Lindsay is the president of Gordon College, a Christian institution near Boston, and wrote the book based on 550 interviews with super achievers representing a variety of fields across the globe.
Incoming students will be introduced to it at Summer Stampede, the entire student body will be exposed to it in chapel throughout the year, and alumni will be invited to online discussion groups. When young people come to college, they expect to be exposed to deep thoughts, important issues and grand ideas. Harding Read 2019 is an opportunity for the entire Harding community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration – to join together on what promises to be a thrilling and challenging journey of growth in leadership.
Harding Read 2020
Check out this video and learn more about the 2020-21 book from President Bruce McLarty.
2019 Program info
About the book
This book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," is the single most influential, non-Biblical leadership book in my life. I’m convinced there is so much of the language of leadership we use today that came from this book, even if people don’t know where the language came from. I’m thrilled that a new generation is going to discover "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."
I think, for believers, we read this, and every habit is rooted in Scripture. Every page is something where you are reminded of something Jesus said or that Paul wrote or that is in Proverbs, because this is solid wisdom about leadership in life. I think these things make you a better person, but I think they are all things that make you a stronger leader.
Dr. Bruce McLarty
President, Harding University
Faculty are encouraged to use ideas and thoughts from the book in the classroom. Brackett Library has provided a resource page for more information and tools for classroom use. View the resources here.