Welcome to the Summer Common Reading Program lead by Learning Communities! You, and approximately 4500 other first year students across The University of Texas at San Antonio’s campus, will participate in the summer common reading. Think of the reading as your first college assignment-your opening opportunity to flex your academic skills at the college level. This year’s summer common reading is The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea.
The Devil’s Highway is honored as one of the most powerful analytical reports in recent years. Mr. Urrea follows the journey of twenty-six men who attempted to cross the Mexican border into the Arizona desert-commonly referred to as The Devil’s Highway-in May 2001. The journey would later end in the largest United States/Mexico border death event in history. The Devil’s Highway is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and is a winner of the Lannan Literary Award. Mr. Urrea is also a best-selling author of thirteen books and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. Mr. Urrea is the Fall 2012 Convocation keynote speaker and will also host a meet and greet event for the UTSA community.