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University of Louisville's Book-in-Common 2009

The Devil's Highway

by Luis Alberto Urrea

“The single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy...Urrea cuts through the prevailing mythologies surrounding the border and reveals, unsentimentally but with compassion, how a simple political boundary manages to scramble the basic humanity of all whose lives it divides and defines.” - Atlantic Monthly


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2009 Author Visit and Book Signing Reception

Thursday, Sept. 24th, 6pm; Strickler Hall, Middleton Auditorium
Join us for a night with Luis Alberto Urrea, famed author of this year's BinC, The Devil's Highway. Urrea will share his own stories and insights about issues surrounding immigration. Then, stick around for a reception and have your copy of the text signed by Urrea! Listen to Urrea's "This I Believe" clip, "Life is an Act of Literary Creation" from NPR.
Luis Urrea


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Don't miss out!

How exciting will it be to come to UofL and already have something in common with other new students? That's the idea behind Book-in-Common, a series of events relating to the themes and characters from one book, read by our campus community.

UofL's Book-in-Common (BinC) is one of the many First Year Initiatives aimed at introducing new students to UofL. You're guaranteed to meet other new students, upperclass students, faculty and staff. You'll also get to experience a unique facet of academic life at UofL as you look at this one book from a number of perspectives and disciplines, learn about new cultures, and attend fun, interactive events related to the current text .

How does Book-in-Common Work?

Students will read and explore a common text which will be incorporated into English 101 and other classrooms across disciplines. First Year Initiatives will partner with campus and local community members to provide a series of out-of-class activities revolving around the themes and issues raised throughout the book. Related activities take place throughout the academic year, and planned programs include a featured speaker, out-of-class group discussions, essay contest, film screening, and faculty lecture/panel.

Why participate?

Through BinC, participants will:

  • Explore key themes related to the text
  • Make meaningful connections with faculty, staff and other students
  • Respect diverse ways of thinking and being
  • Read critically and question deeply


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