Henderson State University has adopted Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier for their 2011 Common Book Program! Freshman students will each receive a copy when they visit campus for Heart Start, a two-day orientation program held throughout the summer.
In the fall, the book will be required reading in the First Year Experience transition course, the Henderson Seminar. The seminar’s objectives are to:
—Introduce students to the Henderson experience and to the liberal arts
—Develop among first year students a community of learners
—Inform new students of the many opportunities available at HSU
—Improve academic skills and strategies
—Promote meaningful discussions of campus and personal issues
Beyond the classroom, HSU is planning a series of all-campus events related to A Long Way Gone and the issues raised in the book. The highlight will be Ishmael Beah‘s campus visit in September. All Henderson students, especially freshmen, will be encouraged to attend the author’s lecture, “A Long Way Gone: A Story of Redemption and Hope.”
Each year, the Common Book is selected by a panel of Henderson faculty and administrators from all areas of the university. The committee seeks titles that are readable, relevant, and engaging for students and have interdisciplinary applications in the curriculum.
A Long Way Gone • Sarah Crichton Books • 240 pages