One Book, One University

As part of the Freshman La Verne Experience, all freshmen will participate in a common reading program in their FLEX Learning Community to help integrate into the broader community of learners at the University of La Verne.  The One Book, One University program promotes reading and the discussion of diverse perspectives as a common intellectual experience, teaches writing as a way of learning through reflection, and encourages civic communication while actively engaged in the world. In particular, the One Book, One University Program integrates La Verne’s four core values into student learning:

  • A values orientation that encourages students to reflect upon personal, professional, and societal values;
  • A respect for diverse communities and the biodiversity of the planet;
  • Active lifelong learning;
  • Engaged community service.

This year’s selection is Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario.  Ms. Nazario will visit campus for a lecture in fall semester on October 2, 2014, 11:00 AM in Morgan Auditorium and 7:00 PM in the Church of the Brethren.  The event is free.

Campus directions.


Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America. MORE

The Daily Show Interview.

Previous One Book, One University selections include:

 Fall 2013                        Fall 2012                          Fall 2011                             Fall 2010