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First Year Experience: 2021 Common Read

Helpful information and links for students in the FYE 100 course.

The annual Common Read program has a long history at Defiance College as a cross-campus, multidisciplinary experience that connects students and faculty in a shared intellectual experience, inspiring curiosity and sparking conversation. We engage with meaningful texts of our time and provide a space for discourse in the FYE 100 course. 

Common Reads of the past few years:

2016 The Other Wes Moore  by Wes Moore
2017 Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas
2018 Prisoner of Her Past by Howard Reich
2019 Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nyugyen
2020 Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen
2021 What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

2021 FYE 100 - COMMON READ


Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. 

A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified four times before the United States Congress and was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts, and most recently, received the 2020 CDC Foundation’s Fries Prize for Improving Health.

A frequent contributor to national media outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. She is the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (

With concentrations in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently a Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be meeting with  Defiance College's  FYE 100 students on Tuesday October 19, 2021 @7pm in the Schomburg Auditorium. 

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