Common Reader

About the Program

UHCL’s Common Reader Program, which began in fall 2014, is an extension of the First-Year Seminar course. The program aims to foster critical thinking and discussion around important social concepts such as race, gender, class and citizenship. A committee of students, staff and faculty from all four colleges select the text that is studied throughout the academic year.

Academic Year 2016-17 Text Selection

The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez

A number of campus offices have partnered with the UHCL Common Reader Program to offer events enhancing the conversation around “The Book of Unknown Americans,” including the Office of Intercultural Student Services, the Office of Student Life, and the Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Studies Programs.

  • Spring 2017 Calendar of Events
  • Friday, January 27, 3-5 p.m., Bayou Theater

    Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinx: Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future Panel Discussion

    A discussion on the current issues impacting social justice and mental health for the Latinx community, including controversial political pressures such as deportation, political incarceration

    Panelists: Patricia Arredondo, Carlos Hipolito-Delgado, Terry Keel, Cheryl Sawyer, Selma Yznaga

    In cooperation with the UHCL College of Education

  • Thursday, February 23, 10 a.m., Classroom 1333, Bayou Building

    Becoming American

    The documentary explores many factors that contribute to the health of Mexican migrants who work in mushroom farms in Pennsylvania. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

    Panelists: Dr. Laura Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Management and Dr. Dawit Woldu, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    In cooperation with UHCL’s Anthropology Program and the Cross-Cultural Studies Program.

  • Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m., Lecture Hall, SSCB

    This documentary tells the story of Steve Gleason, a former NFL football player diagnosed with ALS, who begins recording video journals for his unborn son.

    Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Puzdrowski, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. Karen Alexander, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Nursing

    In cooperation with UHCL’s Film and Speaker Series.


Special Accommodations

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate should contact Wanalee Romero at 281-281-3423 or romero@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.