Selection Committee

Chirayu Baral, Class of 2019

Perla Figuero, Class of 2021

Nina Flores, Class of 2020

Bridget FullertonAssistant Director, Writing at Bates

I love that this book has the potential to engage participants outside their own perspective and recognize limits of own presuppositions and experiences and to “think otherwise”, one of the goals of common read experience.  I also think it provides a wonderful platform for questioning what it might mean to be a Bates student, another goal of common read.”

Margaret Imber, Associate Dean of Faculty; Associate Professor, Department of Classical and Medieval Studies

Bella Miller, Class of 2018

Carrie Murphey ’06, Assistant Dean of Students for First-Year Experience and Housing

Molly Newton ’11, Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life and Health Education

Jessica Perez, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Transition and Support

Nevo Polonsky ’17, Coordinator of Campus Life and Residential Programming

Real American is a great choice for the common reading because it puts into action one of the most compelling portions of the Bates Mission that we strive to have students engage with every day. This selection allows incoming students to engage with the transformative power of a different identity and perspective they may not have experienced before. This selection will introduce incoming students to an ongoing conversation on the Bates campus and in our country about systems of power and oppression by which we are all impacted.”

Kirk Read, Professor, French and Francophone Studies

Adriana Salerno, Associate Professor, Mathematics

K. Ian Shin, Lecturer/C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History

Carolyn Starks, Admission Counselor, Office of Admission

“This book highlights a narrative that is becoming more cherished. Really grappling with familial connections with people who look so different than you, but are connected by DNA; and loving them unconditionally but knowing that they may never be able to truly understand your experience or where you’re coming from. Real American showcases a lived experience that needs to be heard, but also an experience that some incoming students are dealing with and may have never heard or seen themselves depicted in such a way that makes them feel heard or seen or understood.”