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Journey From the Land of No | For Students | For Faculty/Staff Facilitators | For The Community


Information For The Community

Purpose of the NSR     Public Event    About the Book


Journey from the Land of No


      Purpose 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 leaders. 

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 Salisbury University.
  • 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 incoming students.


Public Event

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. 


For 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,
by Roya Hakakian 

"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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