Every year, the AU Department of Literature and the College Writing Program select a book, called the “community text,” for all of AU’s incoming freshmen to read prior to arriving on campus in the fall. For 2012, students read The End of Country by Seamus McGraw.
On Wednesday, September 5, all Honors freshmen participated in a special conversation with Seamus McGraw. This event preceded the "Writer as Witness" event for all AU freshmen in Bender Arena.
At the "Writer as Witness" afternoon conversation, Honors students have the opportunity to engage with the writer through discussion. As part of the event, the author is available to sign students' copies of the book.
Previous Writer as Witness events have featured these books and authors:
2011: The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
2010: The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy by Lisa Dodson
2009: True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo
2008: The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
2007: The Ponds of Kalambayi by Mike Tidwell
2006: Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker
2005: Fragments of Grace by Pamela Constable
2004: Newjack by Ted Conover
2003: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
2002: Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
2001: Bad Land by Jonathan Raban
2000: Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago
1999: My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
1998: There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz