March 12, 2008
Written by Sarah Whetstone
The Center for Campus Life, in coordination with several academic partners, selected
the 2008 Summer Reading Program book, "The Devil’s Highway: A True Story "by Luis
The novel follows 26 men who attempted to illegally cross the Mexican border in May 2001. They travel through the desert of southern Arizona, by way of the deadly region known as The Devil's Highway: a desert region so dangerous even the Border Patrol is afraid to cross it. Only 12 of the 26 men survived.
The Summer Reading Program prepares first year students for the academic rigors of a college environment. Students read an assigned book during the summer months, and participate in discussions with faculty and staff members during the fall and spring semesters.
Through participation students experience the level of thought that is required at the collegiate level, develop relationships with faculty, staff and other students and gain a broader understanding of cultural, ethical, and social issues of concern.
The Center for Campus Life has selected this book, in part, to recognize how the growing exposure of the current border situation plays out in the political arena and the differing ethical viewpoints surrounding the hot button issue.
In conjunction with reading "The Devil’s Highway: A True Story," students will have the opportunity to attend lecture and film series, be involved in a discussion about the book in residence halls and during the Raider Welcome activities, and attend the numerous theme-related events on campus. The book may also be assigned in freshman level classes. Details surrounding the events will be posted on the Summer Reading Program Web page, found at www.summerreading.ttu.edu. Students are also encouraged to enter the Summer Reading Program Essay Contest, details found at www.summerreading.ttu.edu.
CONTACT: Emily Curtis Hicks, assistant director, Division of Student Affairs, (806)742-5433, firstname.lastname@example.org