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Selected common reading connects recent history and present

August 29, 2012

Despite the winding sidewalks, the common reading selection provides all Elon University incoming students with common ground to walk on.

The common reading program provides all first-year students with insights on global issues and incites critical thinking and opportunities for discussion and reflection. The common reading committee selected “Zeitoun” By Dave Eggers for the 2012-2013 academic year because of its presentation of diverse perspectives.

Although the book is set in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Jeffrey Coker, common reading committee chair and director of general studies at Elon, said he believes the story holds relevance today.

“This week’s major headlines include a hurricane that looked eerily like Katrina, turmoil in Syria and various Islamic communities, intolerance, unjust incarceration and domestic violence,” Coker said. “Elon’s common reading is highly relevant and we expect the community will gain a great deal from the lively discussions that once again evolve this year from this program.”

Global students will participate in a special program regarding the common reading 9:25 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Oct. 8 in McKinnon Hall, and other upcoming cultural event related to the common reading will take place throughout September.

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