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Open Books - Open Minds

​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​

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.

Upcoming OBOM events:

photo of 2018 OBOM Fall Events

Open Books - Open Minds Roundtable Discussion: Strategies for Teaching Exit West
September 19, 12:30-2 p.m., Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Adams Library 406

Join us for a presentation by RIC professors representing a variety of academic disciplines. Instructors, student mentors, and all other interested parties are welcome!

Resisting ICE and the Deportation Crisis Panel & Discussion Forum​
Co-Sponsored with Educational Studies
September 25th, 4-5:30 p.m., Gaige 200

The event will feature activists and organizers from AMOR (Alliance to Mobilize our Resistance), PrYSM (Providence Youth Student Movement), and SEAFN (Southeast Asian Freedom Network) for presentations and discussion about immigration and the deportation crisis.


Black Panther (co-sponsored with the Student Union)
September 14, 7 p.m., Gaige Hall Auditorium
September 16, 2 p.m.​, Gaige Hall Auditorium

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Human Flow
November 14​, 1 p.m., Gaige Hall Auditorium

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

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: November 28, 2018