Utah State Chooses Outcasts as common read for 2010. Why?

They explain.

"The committee looked for a book that had engaging themes for entering college students. They wanted a book that would be so captivating that the students would want to read the book with or without formal structure and guidance. Also the book’s subject matter would engage the campus and community members alike. Outcasts United  can promote discussion about the intricacies of today’s global environment and the challenges of understanding diverse perspectives. Other themes in the book include immigration issues, refugee resettlement, local and global politics, cultural conflict and change, identity and intergenerational issues, biculturalism, creativity, sports, and community building."

Read about the selection process and campus events related to the book in August 2010 here.