Shared reading: Shared Reading

Every year, all first-year students at Xavier read the same book and discuss and reflect upon it in their Freshman Seminar classes. Incoming students are provided with copies of the book when they arrive on campus. Throughout the year, all members of the Xavier community are encourage to read and discuss the book and the issues it addresses. These discussions are enhanced through our Reading Connexions series, through which Xavier hosts authors, speakers, and films screenings related to the shared reading. Through this shared reading, we gain not only a better sense of the book but a better sense of each other.

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This Year's Shared Reading

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The students, faculty, and staff of Xavier University have selected as the shared reading for the 2014/2015 academic year The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Lemmon's book tells the story of Kamila Sidiqi, a young Afghan woman whose world was turned upside down when the Taliban took control of the country. Unable to teach, Kamila taught herself to sew and earned money to support herself and her sisters under the strict laws of the Taliban. Soon Kamila began teaching other women of her village to sew as a way to support and empower themselves in a world that denied them any opportunity to live freely.

You can read more about the book and the author and find additional resources on our Dressmaker of Khair Khana pages

Previous Shared Readings

Since 2007, Xavier has used the idea of a shared reading as a means of helping our first-year students make the transition to college life. Over the past five years, this project has expanded to become something that can help bring the entire university community together. Below are the books that have been read over the past few years. Click on the cover for more information about each.