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2009 New Student Reading Project

The Reading Project

According to a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts, the amount of reading done for pleasure is down in this country, especially reading of literature such as fiction, poetry and drama...more

Why This Book?

In the ninth year of Cornell's New Student Reading Project, this year's incoming undergraduate class and much of the Cornell community will read John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath.  The greater Ithaca community will also participate, with support from the Tompkins County Public Library, a reading project partner. ... more

Blogging The Grapes of Wrath

CyberTower - Grapes of Wrath Videos


Anyone can enjoy the benefits of a Cornell education free through CyberTower, Cornell's "brickless classroom," which offers more than 100 video-streamed lectures, commentaries, book reviews, and debates by some of Cornell's top professors. CyberTower Study Rooms feature members of the... more

To Read or Not to Read a Book

Now that we have gathered in Barton Hall and met in small groups across the campus to discuss The Grapes of Wrath, here are a few final thoughts on books and reading. The Reading Groups Guide web site provides us...  more

Joad trip google maps
Cornell's Grapes of Wrath Google Map

Follow and trace the Joad family's journey from Oklahoma to California using Cornell's Grapes of Wrath Google Map.