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The Best We Could Do: Contexts for Teaching and Reading the 2018-19 Common Reading

University of Oregon Common Reading logoWeek 10: Friday, June 8, 2018, 11:00am-1:00pm
Lillis 175
Light lunch served at 11:00; Program begins at 11:30

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“How much of me is my own, and how much is stamped into my blood and bone, predestined?” ― Thi Bui

“A book to break your heart and heal it.” — Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist on The Best We Could Do

Join UO faculty experts as our campus community prepares for the 2018-2019 UO Common Reading: Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do. A national bestseller, The Best We Could Do was also recently selected by UCLA for its 2018 common book program.

The Best We Could Do graphic novel cover

This visually and narratively rich graphic novel offers an evocative memoir about the search for a better future in seeking to understand the past. The Best We Could Do invites campus conversations about immigration, war, imperialism and refugee status as well as parenthood, pursuit of self-identity in a continually changing sociocultural structure, and the insights of honest personal struggle. 

A panel of UO faculty – Lynn Fujiwara (Ethnic Studies), Tara Fickle (English), Charlene Liu (Art+Design), Shoshana Kerewsky (Education), and Tuong Vu (Political Science) will share contexts for reading, teaching, and thinking about Bui’s work and the issues it raises.

Whether you are considering possibilities for using the book or have already adopted the text, please join us for this collegial conversation about how you might teach and read this book.

This event is sponsored by the Common Reading Program in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Teaching Engagement Program.

inside pages from The Best We Could Do graphic novel

Don’t know about Common Reading? Here’s a quick overview:

Each incoming student to the UO receives a copy of the book during IntroDUCKtion. All UO instructors are invited to adopt the book in courses next year.

Let us add a new title to your summer reading list!

We hope you will join faculty from Sociology and International Studies to Composition and Environmental Studies who are already adopting The Best We Could Do for their classes this coming academic year.