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2013 UNH Common Read Selection
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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 Dear Fellow Members of the UNH Community,

Thank you to the many students, faculty and staff who nominated books for the 2013 Common Read.  We received over 50 recommendations this year. The Common Read Committee reviewed each selection and developed a short list of 12 books for further consideration which were read by members of the Committee.  We had two very active students on the Common Read Committee whose intellect, love for reading and active involvement gave us an important student perspective. 

We are pleased to announce that When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, has been selected as the 2013/2014 UNH Common Read.    Julie Otsuka, winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, a 2011 National Book Award Finalist, a Los Angeles Times  Book Prize Finalist, and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award (among other honors), began her undergraduate career at Yale, before moving on to complete an MFA from Columbia University.  Her first book, When the Emperor was Divine, is based on her own family history.  Her mother, uncle and grandmother all spent several years in an internment camp during the WWII era. This work has sold more than 300,000 copies, and it has been translated into six languages.  You can learn more about Julie Otsuka at:

The Committee selected this book because of the rich opportunities it provides us for further inquiry and discussion. Look for themes such as displacement, civic rhetoric, hybridity, ethnicity, racial intolerance, nationalism and family to be among those raised by faculty and students participating in the Common Read programming scheduled to take place throughout the 2013/2014 academic year.   It is our hope that faculty and students will identify many connections between this book and their first year courses.  The book will be distributed to students during the summer SOAR and will be an integral part of the first year experience here at UNH.

Please watch for future emails and information as to how you can become involved with the Common Read program and the infusion of When the Emperor was Divine into the UNH community.   We look forward to your suggestions for programs, lectures, workshops, service learning programs, and course assignments that relate to the themes found in the book.  The book will be on reserve in the Library and also available in May to faculty interested in using it in their classes.  Please contact Michelle Trim for more information about integrating the Common Read into your classes and/or community events.

 The 2013 Common Read Selection Committee                                  

Pam Asmus                 Hanko Dobi                       
Felecia Edwards         Becky Johnson
Becca Kitchell              Jackie Koral
Kaela Mason                Ronald Pierce                     
Stuart Sidle                   Michelle Trim




2013-2014 Complementing Movie Series for ResLife Cinema (*Channel 14 on campus) Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life:

  • September:  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close/Zero Dark Thirty
  • October: Hunger Games/RENT
  • November: Lord of the Flies/One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • December: The Geisha/The Last Samurai
  • February:  Color Purple/Hotel Rwanda
  • March: Pearl Harbor/Handmaid’s Tale
  • April: Boy In the Striped Pajamas/Mr. Baseball
  • May: Snow Falling On Cedars/Lost In Translation

Flyer for 2013 Common Read Events Scheduled

  • Friday, Sep 20, 2013: Honors Program Discussion at 12:00 noon
    The Honors Program Discussion of the Common Read book facilitated by Matt Wranovix and Diane Russo. It is reserved for Honors Students only.
  • Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013: Identity Mash Up - at 6:00 p.m.
    Presenters: Patrick McGrady, Ph.D., Rachel Torello, Psy.D., Melissa Whitson, Ph.D.

    Bartels Campus Center Meeting Rooms A/B
  • Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013: Asian-themed cultural lunch and dinner in the Marketplace
    Co-Sponsored by Sodexo and the Office of Intercultural Relations
  • Thursday, Mar 13, 2014: Twisted Thursday – Origami Class
    Co-Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations and the Office of Student Activities

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