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See the list of books previously chosen for the UNO Common Read Program.

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Common Read Program

This year, University Success 1001, the Freshman Writing Program, and Diversity Cabinet are thrilled to announce the 2015 – 2016 Common Read book, Aunt Alice v. Bob Marley: My Education in New Orleans by Kareem Kennedy.  This program was developed as a way to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience.  This is a way to build a community amongst our students as well as offer them an opportunity to connect with one another – both inside and outside the classroom.

Aunt Alice vs. Bob MarleyAunt Alice v. Bob Marley

Kareem Kennedy documents his quest for an education in the schools and streets of New Orleans.  With his father gone and his mother frequently in and out of the picture, Kareem looks towards teachers and friends for the skills to muster through his education.  Tracing Kareem’s history through the 7th Ward, the book represents two years of highs and lows (, 2012).  

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Common Read Program is to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. During the semester, faculty along with students and staff will lead in campus discussions that center on the themes and issues raised in the book. Incoming students will receive a free copy of Aunt Alice v. Bob Marley: My Education in New Orleans, and should begin reading throughout the summer. The book will be used in English 1157 and UNIV 1001 courses.

 How do I get involved?

  • Students will receive their copy of Aunt Alice v. Bob Marley during orientation
  • The book will be utilized during English 1157 as well as UNIV 1001
  • Students can attend discussions & programs

Fall 2015 Common Read Events

Keynote Keynote Event: An Evening with Kareem Kennedy

Join us on September 30th from 5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m in the University Center Ballroom for our keynote event where the author of the book, Kareem Kennedy, will be offering book signings and participating in an on stage interview.  In addition, student essays will be featured. Light refreshments will be provided.

Other Events