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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2019-2020 Book Selection

        2019-20 Book

Never Stop Walking

Christina Rickardsson

Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. When one door closed on the only life Christiana had ever known and on the woman who protected her with all her heart, a new one opened.

As Christina Rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden, far from the despairing favelas of her childhood. Accomplished and outwardly “normal,” Christina is also filled with rage over what she’s lost and having to adapt to a new reality while struggling with the traumas of her youth. When her world falls apart again as an adult, Christina returns to Brazil to finally confront her past and unlock the truth of what really happened to Christiana Mara Coelho.

A memoir of two selves, Never Stop Walking is the moving story of the profound love between families and one woman’s journey from grief and loss to survival and self-discovery.

About the Author

Christina Rickardsson was born in 1983 as Christiana Mara Coelho in Brazil in a town called Diamantina (Minas Gerais), where she lived with her mother in a cave. When Christina was around five years old they were kicked out of their home (their cave) and ended up having to move to the streets of a São Paulo, where Christina begged for food and money, and where she was subjected to several physical and psychological abuses. At the age of seven she was taken to an orphanage together with her youngest brother, and when Christina was eight years old they were adopted (against Christina’s and Christina’s mother’s will) and moved to Vindeln, a village located in the north of Sweden in a region called Västerbotten.


Author's Visits

Friday, October 4, 2019
Freshman Session
Kinesiology-Convocation Building (KCB)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free and open to the TAMIU community

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Christina Rickardsson speaks at Joe A. Guerra Laredo Public Library
9:30 -11:30 am
1120 E. Calton Road, Laredo, TX 78041
Free and open to the public



Read, Write, Go

Read, Write, Go!  
Learn how to participate in the essay contest in the following page:  Essay Guidelines

The entry deadline to submit your essay was October 7, 2019.

Thank you for your interest!


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Contact Information

University College
Zaffirini Student Success Center #223
Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas 78041
(956) 326-2134

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Dr. Catheryn Weitman
University College, Dean

Dr. Conchita Hickey
Reading the Globe Coordinator