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JSU Reads.....A Common Reading Program

This year, Jacksonville State University is pleased to announce Missoula, as the 2016 Common Reading Program book. 
In Missoula, Krakauer, a bestselling author who is no stranger to investigative reporting, turns his lens on the college town of Missoula, Montana, to examine what we are all realizing is a national problem: sexual assault on college campuses.  Through Krakauer’s writing, we meet individuals from all sides of the issue so that we may get a fuller picture of the problem.     

It is “estimated that across all age groups, 19.3 percent of American women ‘have been raped in their lifetimes,’” according to a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control, and women ages 18 to 24 “had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations,” writes Jon Krakauer in his 2015 book Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

 Jacksonville State University is proud to be on the forefront of higher educational trends, so rather than shying away from this provocative and controversial topic, we plan to meet it head-on.  We are dedicated to educating our young men and women so that they may have the safe, supportive, and positive college experience they all deserve; therefore, we are pleased to announce Missoula by Jon Krakauer as the 2016 Common Reading Program Book. 

 Students will study and discuss the Common Reading Program book in English Composition and First-Year Student Experience courses. The goals of JSU Reads… A Common Reading Program are to unite first-year students and to promote thought and action on a variety of relevant issues by reading a common text during the first semester of college.

In accord with this year’s selection, students will also enjoy a wide variety of events, including speakers, presentations, and service projects.

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