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While the Earth Sleeps We Travel (2022)

Combining Badr’s own poetry with the personal narratives and creative contributions of dozens of young refugees, While the Earth Sleeps We Travel seeks to center and amplify the often unheard perspectives of those navigating through and beyond the...

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The shared common reader is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with your fellow students and to begin to share in the intellectual life of the entire UD community. The book is read before arriving on campus with speakers, films, and other cultural events, organized around the theme of the book throughout your first semester. 

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2022-23 FIRST YEAR COMMON READER

The 2022-23 First Year Common Reader for new students attending the University of Delaware is “While the Earth Sleeps We Travel: Stories, Poetry, and Art from Young Refugees Around the World,” by Ahmed M. Badr Article by Meghan Biery Photos courtesy of Ahmed M....

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2021 Essay Contest Winners

Eight students were awarded prizes in the 2021 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to the book Under A White Sky, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

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2019 Common Reader Essay Contest

Open to All First Year Students Westover has titled her book Educated, and much of her education takes place in classrooms, lectures or other university environments — but not all. What other important moments of “education” were described in the book?  What friends,...

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2018 Common Reader Essay Contest Winners

Eight students were awarded prizes in the 2018 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Here are the winners: First place: Valerie Light, an Honors Program student and Communications Interest major from Marietta, GA Second place: Liam...

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2018 Common Reader Essay Contest

Open to All First Year Students     On page 29 author Hope Jahren writes: “Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.” As you enter...

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‘LAB GIRL’ IS THE 2018 FIRST YEAR COMMON READER

Lab Girl, a book written by scientist Hope Jahren, has been selected as the University of Delaware’s 2018 First Year Common Reader. The First Year Common Reader is read by UD’s first year students, providing  a unique opportunity for students to engage in a meaningful...

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