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Writer as Witness Summer Reading Program

On behalf of the Department of Literature and the College Writing Program, we welcome you to American University. To set the stage for your first year here at AU, we have chosen a book that we call our “community text” for you to read before you arrive in August. You and your classmates will discuss the book and write about it in your College Writing class. The College Writing Program and the Campus Store will also sponsor an essay contest to honor the best writing inspired by the community text.

This year’s choice is Ruben Castaneda's "S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C." We will bring Mr. Castaneda to campus this fall for the annual Writer as Witness Colloquium on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Bender Arena. He will address the American University community and meet with students and faculty to discuss the book, as well as the craft, artistry and research that went into its creation.

Copies will also be available for purchase at the Campus Store.
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Undergraduate Studies, Vice Provost for
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