Honors College Convocation 2012
Aug 22, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
|Where||LSU Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom|
|Contact Name||Granger Babcock|
Open to the Public
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Each year the Honors College selects a book for its Shared Reading Program. This year we have chosen The Devil’s Highway and invited author Luis Urrea to address all Honors College students at the Honors College Convocation.
The intent of the Honors Shared Read is to give new Honors students a common experience and to introduce them to the culture of the Honors College, which emphasizes LSU's Commitment to Community. Returning Honors College students and LSU faculty and staff are also invited to read the book and attend convocation.
Urrea tells the true story of a modern-day odyssey through a region nicknamed the Devil’s Highway. In May 2001, 26 men crossed the border into the desert of southern Arizona. Less than half would reach its end.
This account presents the men who dared to brave crossing a veritable hell-on-earth. Urrea describes the poverty that pushed these men across the border and the human and natural forces that tried to push them back. The Devil’s Highway is a testament to the courage and fortitude these men exhibited to reach their journey’s end.
“[The Devil’s Highway] is a description of what life in Mexico is like, and the lengths [these men] would go to get to the United States,” says Dr. Ann Holmes, Associate Dean of the LSU Honors College. “He puts names and faces with these immigrants, with these people, who are so desperate to escape Mexico to get to this country that they put themselves in such danger. I would hope that [this book] helps students appreciate being American citizens and being in this country.”