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2013 Common Literature Experience

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind "is the immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community. William Kamkwamba shares the remarkable story of his youth in Malawi, Africa--a nation crippled by intense poverty, famine, and the AIDS plague--and how, with tenacity and imagination, he built a better life for himself, his family, and his village. The poignant and uplifting story of Kamkwamba's inspiration and personal triumph, co-written with Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind "has already won ringing praise from former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore as well as Paolo Coelho, internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist." -Goodreads.com



William Kamkwamba

Convocation Speaker

William Kamkwamba, Author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 9:30 a.m.
Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center - Utah State Campus
Broadcast simultaneously at http://aggiecast.usu.edu.

The public is welcome to join first-year students in attending the Common Literature Convocation and listening to William Kamkwamba speak. This year's convocation will also be broadcast live at http://aggiecast.usu.edu.

Additional Information

William's Website
Bryan Mealer's Website
William's First TED Talk (6 minutes)
William's Second TED Talk (6 minutes)
Animation of William's First Windmill
William on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Literature Assignment

If you are a student in the 2013 University Connections class, please go here for a copy of the literature assignment.

Breakfast with the Convocation Speaker

If you found the book especially intriguing you might be interested in an opportunity to meet the literature speaker. The convocation speaker will be eating breakfast with a select group of Connections students. To be considered for this honor, submit a 350-400 word essay stating why you should be chosen and what questions you would ask. Email your submission to lisa.hancock@usu.edu by August 9, 2013.