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2021-22
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
author

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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.

Join
us

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Sept. 27: Catherine Coleman Flowers, an environmental activist
Oct. 4: Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd
October 14: Author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Oct. 20: Nnenia Campbell, research associate at the Natural Hazards Center
Nov. 1: Ethan Brown, CEO Beyond Beef

Start
reading

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Books are free to all students, faculty, and staff members. Please check back Sept. 15 to find out where the books will be available!

Past
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