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5 More Colleges Leap on Acts of Faith for Common Reading

Five more schools have chosen Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith as their common reading book selection this year! These college’s include: Colgate University of Hamilton, NY; Capital University in Columbus, OH; Loras Collage in Dubuque, IA; Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX; and Marywood College of Scranton, PA.

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.

Patel was one of our featured speakers during Random House’s FYE conference in Atlanta and I was lucky enough to hear him speak. His own story is profound but more importantly his message is a call to action for universal tolerance – starting with college students. Have you read Acts of Faith, or heard anything about it? Let others know what you think by leaving a comment here!

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University of Florida Unveils Outcasts United as Common Reading Book

Earlier in October, Outcasts United by Warren St. John was unveiled as the Common Reading Program book selection for the 2011-12 year.

Becky Burleigh, head coach of the University of Florida’s women’s soccer team, spoke at the event on why she loves Outcasts United. Watch this video to hear why Burleigh feels this title will not only bring the UF campus community together but will also be a great common reading selection for students of all backgrounds.

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One more for Enrique’s Journey!

 

Another great adoption for Enrique’s Journey!

CommonReads has just learned that Sonia Nazario’s book has been selected as Millersville University’s fifth freshman read.

In case you missed it, click here to view Ms. Nazario’s upcoming speaking schedule.

Also, check out the book’s website  for educator extras  including Teacher’s Guides, videos, photos, news articles and other supplimentary materials.

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St. Bonaventure Freshmen Begin the New School Year with Henrietta Lacks

The folks at St. Bonaventure University have done some amazing programming in support of their common reading selection of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Ms. Jean Trevarton Ehman, Director, Teaching and Learning Center, St. Bonaventure University writes in to say:

We are enjoying enthusiastic responses to our All Bonaventure Reads selection of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Our 500 freshmen were given copies of the book at Summer Orientation and are to submit a short “Henrietta” reaction to our Provost by August 30; early returns are impressive.  In addition, Henrietta – in cardboard cutout form – attended Orientation and is on deck for sundry Fall semester appearances, including Rebecca Skloot’s Sept. 29 address; the attached shows Henrietta in Orientation mode with four new friends.

St. Bonaventure University students pose with cut-out of Henrietta Lacks

To visit All Bonaventure Reads’ website, click here.

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Georgia State University to kick off First-Year Book Program with Outcasts United

For its inagural First-Year Book Program, Georgia State University has selected what is quickly becoming a state favorite: Outcasts United by Warren St. John. Incoming first-year students will have the opportunity to read the book this summer and it will be integrated into the GSU 1010 New Student Orientation and Engl 1101 English Composition I courses this fall.

In a press release the university said:

“A First-Year Book Program is a proven way to generate intellectual interest and engagement among students,” said Allison Calhoun-Brown, GSU’s academic director of student retention. “Outcasts United” is a very interesting and thought provoking book. This program offers freshmen students an opportunity to engage it collectively and from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Reading and discussing it together as a class will help familiarize them with the kind of intellectual excitement that flows from the academic enterprise.”

The selected novel tells the story of how Clarkston, Ga., transformed from a predominately white town into one of the most diverse communities in the country, after it was designated a resettlement center for refugees around the world in the early ’90s. The story, which is told through the lens of a soccer team of refugee boys called the “Fugees,” provides readers with lessons about how to create community in places where everyone is different.

Read more about the book’s selection and the First-Year Book program at Georgia State here.

Outcasts United has also been selected by Georgia Tech University ,  Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) and several other universities. Find a full list here.

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Morgan State University to read Medical Apartheid and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks during the 2010-2011 academic year

                    

Morgan State University will add two Random House, Inc. books to their campus-wide reading program this coming academic year.

For the Fall 2010 semester, the university has selected Harriet A. Washington’s 2007 National Book Critic’s Circle Award Winner, Medical Apartheid. In Spring 2011, students will read New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. For the latter, the university plans to hold campus-wide discussions about issues the book raises and also plans to hold a symposium entitled “The Unsettling Legacy of Henrietta Lacks:  Ethics, Values and Minorities in Modern Medicine and Scientific Research.”

Has your committee read Henrietta Lacks? What types of programming does your university or community hold for its common read? 

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Morrie to Ole Miss: University of Mississippi will read Tuesdays with Morrie

The University of Mississippi has selected First-Year Reading favorite, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, for its common reading program.

The book has been previously selected by Concordia University, SUNY-New Paltz, University of Buffalo,  University of North Dakota, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, among other colleges. It was also a community read for the “One Book, One Springfield” program in Springfield, Massachussetts.

After learning of his former professor’s terminal illness, author Mitch Albom flew to Brandeis University, reunited with his old friend, and returned every Tuesday thereafter to visit with him. Morrie Schwartz turned these visits into one final “class”: a lesson in how to live. This book chronicles their time together.

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