Information For The Community
Purpose of the NSR
About the Book
from the Land of No
of the New Student Reader Program
The purpose of the New Student Reader
Program is to orient new students to our academic community
at Salisbury University by having a common reading
experience with fellow classmates, faculty, staff, and
upper-class students who serve as orientation team peer
The goal of the New Student Reader
Program is to engage students in discussions, projects,
curricular and co-curricular opportunities generated by a
common reading experience.
Fall Convocation is a ceremony that is
the formal start of the academic year. The experiences
in the New Student Reader Program are also intended to
foster a connection between the Fall Convocation speakers
and events in the formal ceremony with the discussions and
activities outside the ceremony.
Goals and Objectives:
- To introduce new students to the mind shift that
must occur from high school to college.
- To introduce new students to academic life at
- To emphasize the idea that new students must
take responsibility for their own learning and long
term academic assignments.
- To stimulate discussion, debate, and critical
thinking around a common book’s theme.
- To enhance a sense of community between
students, faculty, and staff.
- To provide a common intellectual experience for
The community is invited to
hear the author of Journal From the Land of No, Roya Hakakian, speak.
The event will be held on Thursday, August 27th from 7-8
PM in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.
additional information about the public event or about the
New Student Reader Program, please contact Lawanda Dockins-Gordy,
Co-Chair, New Student Reader Committee at 410-543-6100.
Journey From the Land of No,
"In Journey from the Land of No Roya Hakakian
recalls her childhood and adolescence in prerevolutionary
Iran with candor and verve. The result is a beautifully
written coming-of-age story about one deeply intelligent and
perceptive girl’s attempt to find an authentic voice of her
own at a time of cultural closing and repression.
Remarkably, she manages to re-create a time and place
dominated by religious fanaticism, violence, and fear with
an open heart and often with great humor.
A wonderfully evocative story, Journey from the Land of No
reveals an Iran most readers have not encountered and marks
the debut of a stunning new talent."
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