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Texas A&M International University’s Common Read Program, spearheaded by University College, is a University-wide initiative aimed at engaging all members of the University and the surrounding community in a common academically oriented intellectual activity.

Since 2008, the program, dubbed “Reading the Globe,” has enabled all First Year students to engage a selected internationally focused book through their University Seminar during the Fall semester. This provides the opportunity for discourse about issues relevant to students and raises social awareness on a local and global scale.

Faculty and staff also participate in the Common Read, fostering and strengthening the growth of an intellectual community in and around TAMIU that supports students' academic development.
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2018-2019 Book Selection

        2018-19 book

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

About the Author

Loung Ung was the National Spokesperson for the “Campaign for a Landmine Free World,” a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Ung lectures extensively, appears regularly in the media, and has made more than thirty trips back to Cambodia. She is also the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind and LuLu in the Sky.


Author's Visits

Friday, October 5, 2018
Freshman Session
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Kinesiology-Convocation Building

Open Public Event
3:00-4:00 pm
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center 101

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Loung Ung speaks at Laredo Public Library
9:30 -11:30 am
1120 Calton Rd, Laredo, TX 78041

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Contact Information

University College
Zaffirini Student Center 223
Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas 78041

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Dr. Catheryn Weitman
University College, Dean

Dr. Conchita Hickey
Reading the Globe Coordinator