Frequently Asked Questions

"What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City," by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

From the book cover - "'What the Eyes Don’t See' is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.”

The Common Reading Experience is a BGSU tradition that started in 2001. It is one way to connect students academically and to foster a sense of community among the incoming first-year students, faculty and staff. It encourages students to read beyond textbooks and provides an introduction to the expectations of higher education.

  • Course-integrated experiences (such as in-depth discussion, written assignments, projects) in select sections of many courses
  • Campus-wide programming throughout the academic year
  • Discussions/programs in learning communities and residence halls.

Yes, an author presentation is planned for Tuesday, October 1.

Learn more about the author presentation

The book is available for purchase as a conventional book, e-book or audio book online and at Falcon Outfitters; it can also be borrowed from University Libraries

  • Students learn about this program during SOAR (summer registration) visits to campus and are told that the book is required reading.
  • A reminder is also sent directly to students’ email accounts in mid- to late summer.

All incoming first-time, full-time students

Students are not expected to write a paper about the book during the summer before they come to campus. They should come to campus in August having read the book and expecting to participate in discussions and debates and to work on assignments regarding what they have read.

Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene
Director of BG Perspective/Provost Office Associate
202 Hayes Hall