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One Book, One Richmond

One Book, One Richmond is a campus-wide effort that encourages students, staff, faculty, and members of the Richmond community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue. Events and programs on various themes found in the selected text are offered throughout the academic year and are open to all members of the UR community unless otherwise noted.

What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

2019–2020 Selection

The One Book, One Richmond committee received and considered over 45 nominations for the 2019-2020 book selection. After gathering feedback from a variety of stakeholders, hosting an open feedback session for the campus community, and careful reading and discussion by the committee, the One Book, One Richmond committee is delighted to announce that next year's book selection will be What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resilience, and Hope by Mona Hanna-Attisha.

By the crusading pediatrician who brought the fight for justice in Flint to the national spotlight, What the Eyes Don’t See is a powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy.

Praise for the Book

“A stirring and personal account . . . For all her doggedness, Hanna-Attisha is a goofy, appealing, very human narrator. . . . Hers is the book I’d recommend to those coming to the issue for the first time; the crisis becomes personalized through the stories of her patients and their parents.”—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

“A clarion call to live a life of purpose.”—The Washington Post

“Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment. This should be required reading for public servants as an incisive cautionary tale, and for pediatricians and youth advocates as a story of heroism in the ranks of people who have the capacity to make a difference.”—Library Journal

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If you have suggestions, questions, or comments about One Book, One Richmond, please contact Adrienne Piazza.