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2021 Common Read Selection

What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha has been announced as the selection for the 2021 Campus and Community Common Read. The novel was called “Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that ‘the world . . . should be full of people raising their voices’” by The New York Times. 

Hanna-Attisha is a physician, scientist and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The SDSU Common Read is designed to bring together people from all areas of campus and the Brookings community to learn, discuss and engage a singular, impactful book and associated themes. In 2021 we will explore the acronym H.E.A.R.T: Health, Education, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Together. 

More information and resources for faculty and staff can be found on the Common Read LibGuide. 

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What is the Common Read?

Each year, Honors champions a campus and community Common Read experience. This initiative is designed to bring together people from all areas of campus and the Brookings community to learn, discuss and engage a singular, impactful book and associated themes.

The Common Read started in 2009. It was originally designed to raise the level of academic challenge at SDSU, enhance our awareness of diverse perspectives, increase faculty and student interaction, encourage serve and promote enriching, engaging educational experiences both in and outside class.

The Common Read Committee is a group of students, faculty, staff and community members who plan and implement the Common Read experience each year. The group selects the book, provides training for faculty and staff who will be teaching the book and plans numerous events designed to encourage participation and employ critical thinking around the text. 

Throughout the fall semester, the Common Read Committee partners with the Brookings Human Rights Commission and other campus and community groups to sponsor and support Common Read events on campus and within the Brookings community. These strong partnerships garner a large amount of campus and community support and involvement with the Common Read. 

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2021 Common Read selection unveiled

Called “Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that ‘the world . . . should be full of people raising their voices’” by The New York Times, “What the Eyes Don’t See” has been chosen as the 2021 Common Read selection at South Dakota State University.