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OCU Freshmen Turn Pages


Many of the items Oklahoma City University freshmen bring to college can be found in dorm rooms across America. However, one summer assignment for incoming students means OCU freshmen pack something unique to their class – an OCUReads book.

Now in its 10th year, the OCUReads program brings together freshmen by giving them a common experience to discuss and explore during orientation week. This year’s reading selection is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s “One Amazing Thing.”

Divakaruni will speak to students on campus at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15. An informal “Meet the Author” session will give students another chance to discuss the book on Friday morning.

“First-year students begin learning the art of critical thinking through actively engaging through reading, discussion and listening to the ideas of others, a vital component of the OCU experience,” said Lee Hall, director of student life.

The powerful story in “One Amazing Thing” collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures. What endures is a chorus of voices in a single room. Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and writing instructor. She has been published in more than 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker. Her books have been translated into 29 languages including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. Born in Kolkata, India, she came to the U.S. for her graduates studies. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.