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Nominate the Next UMD First Year Book

By Laura Cech

First-year students at UMD over the years have read short stories about immigrants, poetry about African American life and a biography of Thurgood Marshall.

Now, the First Year Book Committee is accepting nominations for next year’s selection.

The First Year Book Program provides a shared intellectual experience for all new students and the opportunity to discuss the book from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The book will be integrated into select first-year courses so students can engage with it in and out of the classroom. Events featuring the book are held throughout the academic year, including one featuring the author.

The Terp community has been reading together since 1993. Each year, the book is chosen by a committee of University of Maryland faculty, staff and students representing more than 10 disciplines.

This year’s First Year Book is “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City” by Dr. Hanna-Attisha, which chronicles the fight for clean water in Flint, Michigan. Free copies are available at the Stamp Student Union Information Desk.

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