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First Year Book

What the Eyes Don't See:
A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Why did we choose
this book?

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This year’s book, "What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City," chronicles the fight for clean water in Flint, Michigan. Access to clean water should not be controversial. We should be able to have faith in our public utilities and the leaders in our community. "What the Eyes Don’t See" demonstrates the impact of racism, sexism, and economic disparities on local communities.

About the

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A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts.


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Oct. 20: Nnenia Campbell, research associate at the Natural Hazards Center
Nov. 1: Ethan Brown, CEO Beyond Beef


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Books are free to all students, faculty, and staff members. They are now available in the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the STAMP Student Union!

First Year Books

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The UMD Community has been reading together since 1993. Past selections include: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil