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Read This!

The Read This! Community Literacy Program

  • Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, 2014-2015

News and Upcoming Events

Previous Read This! Selections:

  • The Things They Carried, 2013-14  
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 2012-13
  • The Sunflower, 2011-2012
  • True Grit, 2010-2011


Read This! is a program of campus and community literacy created in the College of Languages and Communication at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  The purpose of the program is to support national trends in higher education in which students and their communities experience a shared text as a basis for cross-disciplinary communication and conversation. At UA Fort Smith, Read This! will be implemented primarily through the second course in the English Composition sequence, although faculty teaching other courses are encouraged to participate as appropriate.  The project will culminate at the end of each spring semester with various events surrounding the selected text including film studies (as appropriate), lectures, bringing recognized writers and scholars to campus, and hosting diverse celebratory venues connected to the culture of reading and intellectual inquiry.  It is also a goal for Read This! to extend the reach of the university into the community and partner with local schools, civic institutions, and community members to further the mission of sustaining critical reading and inquiry in the Arkansas River Valley. 

For more information on upcoming events, please contact Dr. Erik Carlson at 788-7535.