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Anita Duneer

 Brandon Hawk

 Zubeda Jalalzai


Open Books - Open Minds

Thierry Cohen​

OBOM Student Conference

Eighth Annual Open Books - Open Minds Student Conference
Borders and Portals
Friday, April 12, 2019

Panels and roundtables: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lunch and Keynote Lecture by photographer Thierry Cohen​

See the Call for Papers HERE; abstracts due March 22, 2019.

Conference Event Poster

Registration for the conference and lunch is free and open to the public:



Voting is open for the 2019-2020 Common Book!

After a year of soliciting input, we have arrived at a wonderful selection of three works:

  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (Penguin 2016)
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Harper Teen/ Harper Collins 2018)
  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (2018 Penguin)​

See book descriptions at the survey (linked below).

Vote HERE:​
Voting deadline is March 19, 2019.

​2018-2019 Book Selection

photo of Exit West by Moshin Hamid

This year’s common book selection is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through...

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

“A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” –
“Moving, audacious, and indelibly human.” –Entertainment Weekly, “A” rating​

photo of Book Nook in Adams Library 

R​eference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have copies of Exit West and all ten shortlisted books for your reading pleasure! The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections as we narrow the list for campus-wide voting, which opens at the end of the fall semester.​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: March 07, 2019