UM Common Reading Experience 2015: The Education of a Lifetime

Don't Miss Our Fall Common Reading Events

All Events Are Free and Open To The Public!


Fall Convocation | Tues., August 25, 7:00 p.m.  | Tad Smith Coliseum

Author and Chancellor Emeritus, Robert Khayat, is our keynote speaker for Fall Convocation. Don’t miss this inspiring opportunity to meet amazing professors and campus leaders and to have your copy of The Education of a Lifetime signed by Chancellor Khayat. Freshmen, get your class coin at Convocation! Families and friends welcome to attend.


Symbols of Controversy at Ole Miss | Fri., September 4, 12:00 p.m. | J.D. Williams Library

Protests abound in the South over the use of Confederate symbols, but the University of Mississippi has maintained the longest continuing dialog on the issue over the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. Dr. Leigh McWhite (Associate Professor, University Libraries) and Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson (Professor Emeritus, History and Southern Studies) will examine Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat's administration in the context of this longer history. Join us for this 50 minute discussion in Room 106D on the 1st floor of the J.D. Williams Library. 


Chancellor Khayat’s Campus | Wed., September 16, 6:30 p.m. | The Circle

Join Jeff McManus (Landscape Services) on a walking tour of campus and share stories from his new book coming out this fall. Dr. Khayat's support and commitment to campus beautification gave Jeff many opportunities to develop leadership programming on campus and within the industry.  We will meet at the flag pole in the center of the Circle (in front of the Lyceum) to start this fun event. 

Love of Learning is the Guide of Life: The Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at The University of Mississippi | Tues., September 29, 6:00 p.m.  | 209 Bryant Hall Auditorium
Find out why attaining Phi Beta Kappa was so important to Robert Khayat and how the implementation actually happened by this expert panel. Join Molly Pasco-Pranger (Associate Professor and Chair of Classics), Luanne Buchanan (Associate Professor of Spanish) and other faculty members of Phi Beta Kappa for this spirited discussion. 


A Day in the Life of a Student Athlete | Wed., October 14, 11:30 a.m. | Manning Center

Have you ever wondered how student athletes balance academics and athletics? Here is your chance to talk to student athletes on campus about their challenges and experiences. Moderated by Ole Miss Athletics, learn how Khayat’s decisions as Chancellor  influenced athletics. Meet us in the exclusive Manning Center Team Room at 11:30 a.m. for the talk, then hang out at The Grill at 1810 with athletes for lunch. 

Robert Khayat Exhibit: The Education of a Lifetime UM 2015 Common Read

Come by the J.D. Williams Library 2nd floor display case to view an exhibit of original memorabilia, awards, and news items from Robert Khayat’s years at Ole Miss. On display until January 4, 2016. Display organized by Jennifer Ford (Archives & Special Collections) and Melissa Dennis (University Libraries). 

Previous CRE Titles

2014 Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, TN, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of whom were young women from small towns, were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. What were they actually doing there? Very few know. The women who kept this town running would find out at the end of the war, when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed and changed the world forever. Go to the Guide

book cover 2013 The Unforgiving Minute  by Craig Mullaney

In this surprise bestseller, West Point grad, Rhodes scholar, Airborne Ranger, and U. S. Army Captain Craig Mullaney recounts his unparalleled education and the hard lessons that only war can teach. While stationed in Afghanistan, a deadly firefight with al-Qaeda leads to the loss of one of his soldiers. Years later, after that excruciating experience, he returns to the United States to teach future officers at the Naval Academy. Written with unflinching honesty, this is an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of war while coming to terms with what it means to be a man. Go to the Guide

book cover 2012 Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far—an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades. Go to the Guide

book cover 2011 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. Go to the Guide

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