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Reading the Globe Author Rickardsson Visits, Lectures at TAMIU Friday Posted: 9/26/19

Reading the Globe Author Rickardsson Visits, Lectures at TAMIU Friday


Christina Rickardsson
Christina Rickardsson  

Christina Rickardsson, author of “Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World,” and the common read for Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) freshman class and its Reading the Globe Program, visits TAMIU students Friday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kinesiology-Convocation Building.

Rickardsson’s novel also serves as the Laredo Public Libraries’ One City, One Book program, as part of a joint program with TAMIU funded in part by Humanities Texas. She will visit and lecture Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Joe A. Guerra Public Library, 1120 East Calton Road, at 9:30 a.m.Her lecture is free and open to the community

Now in its 12thyear, Reading the Globe serves as one of the most popular, globally-focused initiatives at the University. Each year, freshman students participate in the common read program through their University Seminar course during the Fall semester.

Students then compete through an essay-writing challenge to become part of a study abroad group visiting the book’s setting. The experience comes at no cost to winning students. This year’s study abroad location is Brazil.

The common read program is organized and spearheaded through University College and has been in existence since 2008.

Countries TAMIU students have visited since the Program began include Bosnia, China, Chile, Croatia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and, most recently, Cambodia.

Rickardsson’s novel tells the story of her birth to extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first years of her life alongside her mother in forest caves outside of São Paulo and city streets, she and her younger brother suddenly find themselves placed for adoption.

Struggling to reconcile her new life with her adoptive parents in Sweden and the traumas of her youth, she finds her life falling apart again as an adult. The book shares her decision to return to Brazil to confront and make peace with her past. 

For additional information, contact University College at 956.326.2134, email visit offices in the Zaffirini Student Success Center, room 223.

Information is also available by visiting the dedicated Reading the Globe website at, or the group’s Instagram page, @TAMIUreadingtheglobe.

Throughout 2019-2020, TAMIU is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its 25th  anniversary at its north Laredo campus.  A dedicated website shares the University’s transformation from a hybrid upper-level university to a full doctoral degree-granting University. The website traces the University’s history, shares its impact in personal stories, and includes a calendar of Anniversary events and more at

For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

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