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2013-2014 Selection: A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka

The Common Reading Program selection for 2013-2014 is A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka



Come to the 2014 Unveiling Ceremony on Friday, November 22 to hear what the 2014 book will be!

The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the Plaza of the Americas and refreshments will be served immediately afterwards. Hear from Vice President Dave Kratzer, Associate Provst Dr. Bernard Mair, and keynote speaker Dr. Teresa Balser, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Attendees will have the chance to win a copy of the book before anyone else on campus!

What Gators are saying about the Common Reading Program:

The Common Reading Program is a great way for first-year students to interact on a shared subject. With an ever-changing topic of interest, the program does a great job of promoting stories and issues relevant in our world today, while giving new students an opportunity to relate themes of the book to their own first-year collegiate experiences. - Joe Wolff

The Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

All incoming students will receive a copy of the 2013-2014 selected text, A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri with Susan Urbanek Linville, at Preview (Orientation) and are expected to read it by the start of their first semester at UF.

The book was chosen by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students with the charge of selecting a book that is interdisciplinary, global, recently published, and relatable to both first-year students and the UF community.

Participation in this program will:

  • Expose students to issues relevant in today's global community
  • Provide students with a shared experience upon which to engage in dialogue with peers, faculty, and staff at UF
  • Introduce students to the high academic and intellectual expectations at UF
  • Enhance students’ intercultural competence through exploration of experiences relevant to diverse communities