Multicultural Student Services will feature Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway for their 2011 January Book Club


The Devil’s Highway, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, will be the Multicultural Student Services J-term Book Club selection for 2011. Urrea tells a disturbing, but important true story about a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the southern Arizona desert. The MSS book club aims to support the work of faculty by providing students an opportunity to engage in stimulating conversation about contemporary challenges in society.

The single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of the U.S. boarder policy …Urrea cuts through the prevailing mythologies surrounding the border and reveals, unsentimentally but with compassion, how a simple political boundary manages to scramble the basic humanity of all whose lives it divides and defines. --Atlantic Monthly

The book club will meet in January in LIB 108, from 12-1 p.m. Interested faculty should contact Pam Nice in Faculty Development to participate and receive a free copy while they last.

On February 22, Faculty Development will host a faculty conversation with Urrea in MHC 155 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. A talk open to the general public will be held in OEC Auditorium at 6:30 p.m., concluding his visit. The talk will focus on his experience conducting research on immigration and Mexican United States border policy to write the book; he will also share his personal story as a bi-racial Mexican American.

The program is supported by University Lectures, Faculty Development, American Culture and Difference, and the English Department.

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