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University Honors Program | Writer as Witness

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