Required Summer Reading Experience
Millersville University's One Book program is designed to enhance a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff by stimulating discussion and critical thinking around a common reading. Each year, a book selection is made by the One Book Committee, which is comprised primarily of faculty, but also includes students and administrators. The committee seeks to select books that will engage and challenge incoming students on a specific topic or theme, while introducing them to new academic expectations. Events to further explore the theme are held in the fall, often including an open forum by the author. Since its inception in 2007, the selected readings have been
2007-2008 The Color of Water by James McBride
2008-2009 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah
2009-2010 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
2010-2011 Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
2011-2012 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
2012-2013 The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
In fall 2012, the committee reviewed several books before choosing How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi, which explores, through short vignettes, various perspectives on the experiences of Arab-Americans. Just over a cenury ago, W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his book The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about Arab- and Muslim-Americans.
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?:
Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi
We are pleased to announce How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi as the One Book, One Campus selection for the 2013-2014 academic year. The goal of the One Book program is to stimulate discussion and critical thinking around a common book's theme, enhancing a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff as we engage with each other's diverse perspectives. Students are asked to read How Does It Feel to Be a Problem before arriving on campus for Orientation. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the University Store.