Honors One Read
One Read Honors
Each year the Honors College selects an important book–fiction or non-fiction–as its One Read. The book then becomes the focal point of Honors community activities, programming, and even courses and academic units of study.
Information, announcements, and essay prompt regarding the One Read can be found on Canvas
2017-2018 One Read Honors: Louise Erdrich, The Round House
One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.
The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.
One Read Honors Symposiums (Required Event)
All incoming, first-year Honors College students are expected to attend one of the scheduled One Read Symposiums and to engage with the One Read selection. The symposiums will be announced via email, Facebook, and during Summer Welcome. Attendance is tracked and students who do not meet this expectation will be notified of an alternative assignment that will have to be submitted.
The One Read Symposium is scheduled for Friday, August 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and you are expected to attend. It will be held in Middlebush Auditorium (on the west side of Middlebush Hall, at the corner of 9th Street and College Ave, just north of the Honors College and Lowry Hall). We have Dr. Dave Edmunds (University of Texas–Dallas) and Dr. Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote (University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill) coming as guest speakers, along with several of our own faculty, staff, and instructors. There will be small group discussions as well, led by the Peer Assistants from the FIGs.
Following the Symposium, we invite you to join us for two hours of food (Panda Express), fun, and festivities on the Lowry Grassy Knoll (between Middlebush and Lowry on 9th St) where there will be music, games, activities, and entertainment.
Women who are participating in Sorority Recruitment will have accommodations made to their recruitment schedule on Friday so that they are able to attend the Honors College One Read Symposium from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. You may not be able to stay for the festivities, but there will be other ample opportunities to have fun with the Honors College community.
One Read Honors Events (Optional)
We will also schedule and host a number of related events in which the ideas and issues of the selection will be central, as well as carried into new avenues of thought and engagement. Students have the option of attending as many or as few of these events as their schedule allows.
One Read Honors Details and Handbook
Each year the College prepares a Handbook (including readings, procedures, a writing contest, etc.) as well as puts forward a slate of additional activities. All of this is open to new students via Canvas.
Planning and Symposium Committees
For 2016-17 the following individuals helped develop, plan, and carry out the programming that makes One Read such a success, none of which would have been possible without their significant contributions:
One Read Planning Committee One Read Symposiums
Cynthia Bassett, Law School Thomas Coulter, Sophomore
J.D. Bowers, Honors College Martha Dragich, Law School
Kristina Bradley, Honors College Maya Gibson, School of Music
Rachel Harper, Honors College Habib A. Hassan, 2L Law School
Darcy Holtgrave, Honors College Michael Middleton, President UM System
Frankie Minor, Residential Life Jessica M. Peterman, 2L Law School
Nathan Winters, Residential Life Vera Tan, Senior
Tracy Wilson-Kleecamp, University Athletics
Prior One Read Works
2016-2017: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Penguin Random House, 2014).
2015-2016: G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, Ms. Marvel: No Normal, v. 1 (Marvel Comics, 2015).