The SSE Literary Agenda is a three-year initiative, financed by Natur & Kultur, that gives students the opportunity to participate in book-circles and author’s talks or literary lectures arranged by the school. The aim is to promote self-reflection, empathy and cultural literacy among students.
More than 260 students, doctoral students, faculty and staff has so far signed up to be part of the second year of SSE Literary Agenda. This is 60 more students than the academic year 2018/2019.
If you would like to participate in the SSE Literary Agenda, please sign up here.
The members of the SSE Literary Agenda will read seven novels selected by an advisory board mainly consisting of representatives from the publishing industry. These members are Eva Bonnier, publisher, Nina Eidem, publisher, Elise Karlsson, author, Cilla Naumann, author, Mikael Robertson, senior partner McKinsey & Co, Maria Schottenius, PhD and literary critic and professor Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics.
“We hope literature will be able to open other worlds for students, helping them see circumstances from other people’s perspectives. Future leaders will need this empathy and capacity for reflection,” says Lars Strannegård.
The initiative is led by Erik Wikberg, PhD, who is a teacher and researcher at Stockholm School of Economics specialized on the Swedish book markets. Faculty, doctoral students and staff as act book-circle leaders and the groups of students are mixed from all of our educational programs.
Each member of the initiative receives the books for free and are provided free meals for the book circle discussions. All students who attend at least five book-circles, and writes a reflection paper will be awarded the SSE McKinsey & Co Literary Certificate.
“The SSE Literary Agenda has in short time attracted a remarkably large number of members. It really shows what an intellectually vibrant school this is, and that our students are interested in reflecting upon societal issues through the lens of contemporary fiction,” says Erik Wikberg.
The Advisory Board selected seven novels for the book circles in the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020. For the academic year 2019/2020 these books are:
Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railway
Han Kang – The White Book
Ian McEwan – Machines Like Me
Jamaica Kincaid – The Autobiography of My Mother
Jonas Hassen Khemiri – I Call My Brothers
Karolina Ramqvist – The White City
Tara Westover – Educated
Please note that this webpage will be updated shortly with a schedule for the book-circles and the planned author's talks.
Would you like to know more about the SSE Literary Initiative? Please feel free to contact Erik Wikberg.
To see the list of past and upcoming author talks and literary lectures, please click here.
To read more about Natur & Kultur, please visit www.nok.se/om-natur-kultur.
To read more about McKinsey & Co, please visit www.mckinsey.com/se.
To read more about the SSE Literary Agenda in the media, please click here.