Common Read 2021

About the Common Read

The purpose of the Common Read program is to build community among students, faculty, staff, and the community, helping us get to know one another and connect to the University’s mission and core values.  

All first-year students read the book as part of their courses, and all members of the USJ community are invited to read along. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to attend events that help us dig deeper into the topics and themes of the chosen book.

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2021 Common Read

What the Eyes Don’t See:  A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

According to the publisher Penguin Random House, “What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.”

First-year students will receive a copy of the book this summer, either at orientation events or via mail.

Faculty, staff, and alumni can purchase a copy of the book here.


The Common Read program has ended for Fall 2021. 
If you are a first-year student who needs to attend a Common Read event, please contact Kaitlin Walsh for access to a recorded event.

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    For more information about the Common Read, contact Kaitlin Walsh.

    The Fall 2021 Common Read Program is supported in part by the Dan Adams Lecture Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities Fund, and the Margaret Walsh Caulfield Fund at the University of Saint Joseph.