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.

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. [Adapted from Amazon.com]

Information, announcements, and the essay prompt for the current One Read Honors selection can be found on Canvas

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.Panda Express

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.


One Read Essay Contest Winners!

2017 Louise Edrich, The Round House

1st place: Carly Brown for “Tempering Passion”
2nd place: Samantha Smith for “Strong Women: On the Sidelines but Still in the Game”
3rd place: Karlee Adler for “The Morality of Characters in The Round House”

2016 Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

1st place: Maxx Cook
2nd place: Shoshana Dubnow
3rd place: Christian Cmehil-Warn


Prior One Read Works

2017-2018: Louise Edrich, The Round House (Harper Perennial, 2013).

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).


Planning and Symposium Committees

For 2018-19 the following individuals are charged to develop, plan, and carry out the programming that makes One Read such a success:

J.D. Bowers, Honors College

Kristina Bradley, Honors College

Carli Conklin, Law School and Kinder Institute

Rachel Harper, Honors College

Riley Messer, MU Junior, Cherng Summer Scholar

Anyone interested in joining the Planning and Symposium Committee should contact Dr. Harper.


For 2017-18 the following individuals helped develop, plan, and carry out the programming:

J.D. Bowers, Honors College

Kristina Bradley, Honors College

Carli Conklin, Law School and Kinder Institute

Rachel Harper, Honors College

Darcy Holtgrave, Honors College

Tori Schafer, MU Senior, It’s On Us Campaign

Chris Walters, MU RSVP Center


For 2016-17 the following individuals helped develop, plan, and carry out the programming:

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