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The College Reads!

The College Reads! is the College of Charleston’s campus-wide common reading program designed to connect students, faculty, and staff around a single book to promote the idea that liberally educated people read broadly and discuss with one another ideas arising from the books they share.  All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book. Additional copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus.

2016-2017 Book Selection

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The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas is the 2016-2017 book selection.  The True American is the story of two men and one nation.

The first, Raisuddin Bhuiyan, is a Bangladeshi immigrant. A highly trained air force fighter pilot in his home country, Bhuiyan found work at a mini-market on the outskirts of Dallas Texas while he saved and planned for more education.

The second, Mark Stroman, a rabid racist with a history of violence took it upon himself to exact revenge on “Arabs” who he believed responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Ten days after the terrorist attacks, Mark Stroman began his vigilante shooting spree targeting store clerks with brown skin. The result left two dead, immigrants from India and Pakistan, and Bhuiyan seriously injured. Stroman is apprehended, tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Bhuiyan draws strength from his Muslim faith and inspired by the message of mercy he finds there, is determined to save Stroman’s life. Giridharadas tells not only the stories of these two men, but exposes the complexities and realities of the continuum of American life and identities.

Anand Giridharadas and Raisuddin Bhuiyan will spend two days on campus October 24 and 25, 2016. There will be public lecture and dialogue on Monday, October 24 @ 7:00pm in Sottile Theatre. This event is free and open to all. 

All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book. Additional  copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus. All faculty and incoming students are encouraged to read this selection as it will be connected to the academic curriculum and campus activities throughout the year.  

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