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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
New Students and Family Programs

Common Read

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Minnesota State Mankato Common Read Fall 2014

 

book cover art for Coming of Age in Mississippi Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story -- the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties and fifties -- and to have survived with pride and courage intact.

In this now classic autobiography, she details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidly reveals the soul of a black girl who had the courage to challenge it. The result is a touchstone work: an accurate, authoritative portrait of black family life in the rural South and a moving account of a woman's indomitable heart.

 

Building community

Our hope and intention is that any and everyone who is interested will join us in this campus and community common read.

The goal of the common read is to create community and conversation with our students, our families, and our community. All students, faculty, staff, families, and community members are welcome to join us in reading the book, participating in discussions, and attending events. We hope that some of the many Book Clubs in the area will choose the book; we hope that families will use it as a conversation piece as your son or daughter is preparing to leave home this summer; and we hope that our events and activities will lead to learning from each others' perspectives.

 On campus

All students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and community members are welcome to read the book over the summer prior to the start of the fall 2014 semester.  The book may be used in conjunction with some courses, and there will be a variety of evening events throughout the year, including:

  • Historian M. J. O'Brien and civil rights activist Joan (Trumpauer) Mulholland—September 9-10, 2014. We are excited to welcome historian M.J. O'Brien and Ms. Moody's friend and civil rights activist Joan Mulholland to campus to speak on the history of the Jackson Civil Rights Movement and Ms. Moody's part in it.
    • Tuesday, September 9 - 7:30 pm CSU Ballroom: Join us for an evening with Mr. O'Brien and Ms. Mulholland. This event is free and open to the public.This event will also stream live online--the link will be posted here once it is available.
    • Wednesday, September 10 - 2:00 pm Ostrander Auditorium: Film showing of "An Ordinary Hero", a 90 minute documentary about Joan Mulholland's life and experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. Question and answer session with Ms. Mulhalland will follow. This event is also free and open to the public.
       
  • Community discussion groups—Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to read the book together, then contact Dr. Chris Corley at 507-389-5191 or christopher.corley@mnsu.edu to schedule your group's discussion to be moderated by MSU students during September or October. You provide the people and the place and we'll provide the moderator! Please plan to schedule your session at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird-- The MSU Theatre Department will offer productions of Harper Lee's famous novel on the followng dates: Oct. 16-19 & 22-26, 2014. We encourage students to attend a performance.

Keep checking back as we add additional events and details. All events are free and open to the public.

Please keep in mind that these events are designed to be enlightening for even those who haven't yet read the book.

Online

Join us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/MSUCommonRead

Engage in online discussions, get event updates, and be the first to know what the book for next year is! You can even win prizes for contibuting to our online conversations!

 Get email updates!

Contact giovanna.walters@mnsu.edu with your name and email address to receive occasional email updates.

 

Coming of Age in Mississippi resources

Where to find the book

Coming of Age in Mississippi is widely available in hardcover, paperback, mass market paperback, e-Book, and in audio format at many online and local booksellers. The book is also available in the Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus. The Memorial Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato has multiple copies of both print and audio versions available for checkout. Check with your local library as well! 

Good reads from previous years

  • 2013  Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
  • 2012  The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney
  • 2011 This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Dan Gediman and Jay Allison
  • 2010 Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

 

Get involved

If you have an idea for a future common read book, want to help plan an event, or have other ideas, contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs; 507-389-5498 or the Honors Program at 507-389-5191.

 

 Program funding sponsors and partners

  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Honors
  • New Student and Family Programs
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Memorial Library
  • Good Thunder Reading Series
  • Printing Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • Department of Theatre & Dance

 

Minnesota State Mankato Common Read