Education Department Common Read
Students and faculty in the Education Department participate in the Common Read. Our compelling books provide opportunities for discussion, critical analysis, and connections to school learning communities and practice, while engaging us in deeper questions such as what is social justice, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness. Held each fall, the Common Read is explored in individual courses, departmental gatherings, and campus-wide events.
Same Sun Here by Silas House & Neela Vaswani
In this extraordinary novel in letters, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.
Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun.
-from Penguin Random House