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JSU Reads.....A Common Reading Program


“It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears’s house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep . . . . ”So begins the mystery surrounding Wellington the poodle and our journey into the mind of Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old who loves Sherlock Holmes, prime numbers, space, his pet rat Toby, and the color red. Christopher Boone also happens to have Autism. In this coming of age story, not only must Christopher solve the mystery of Wellington the poodle, but he must also confront difficult issues with his parents, cope with significant changes to his routine life, and learn to navigate the world by himself.  The same could be said about millions of first-year college students across the country each year, as they pack their bags and move away from everything they’ve ever known. For these new college students, much can be learned from Christopher’s journey into adulthood and independence, including the importance of diversity and inclusion. Therefore, we are pleased to announce The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon as the 2017 Common Reading Program book. Students will study and discuss the Common Reading Program book in English Composition and First-Year Student Experience courses. The goals of JSU Reads: A Common Reading Program are to unite first-year students and to promote thought and action on a variety of relevant issues by reading a common text during the first semester of college. In conjunction with this year’s selection, students will also enjoy a wide variety of events, including speakers, presentations, and service projects.

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