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One Book One DU

One Book One DU

University of Denver

One Book One DU

Welcome to One book, one DU! 

How do individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems become a community?

This is the challenge and reward at the heart of One Book, One DU—a program dedicated to building community through a series of shared intellectual experiences inspired by a common text. Now in its fourth year, One Book, One DU seeks to provide opportunities for our campus to reflect on the roots of our beliefs, our aspirations, and our values, and to consider how we can leverage our collective experiences toward the University's mission of contributing to the public good.

This year's One Book, Helen Thorpe's The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in America, explores how 21 students from 11 countries, their teachers, and a journalist build a community within a Denver South High School's English Language Acquisition classroom. Inspired by Thorpe's investigation, this year's One Book, One DU programming will create opportunities for storytelling, dialogue, community engagement, and further learning.


newcomersThe University is pleased to announce the 2019-20 One Book, One DU selection: The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe. The Newcomers follows a year in the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers enrolled together in an English Language Acquisitions class at Denver's South High School—located just over a mile from DU. Ranging in age from fourteen to nineteen years old, these newcomers have come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, these students adapt to life in the USA as they navigate teenage hopes, dreams, and fears. The Newcomers is a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers build a new foundation, confidence, and understanding of what it means to be American.