SHSU Common Reader Program

The Book Selection

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The overarching goal of the Common Reader Program is to provide a campus-wide common intellectual experience, leading to informed and educated perspectives about complex subjects. To this end, a university-wide committee has selected What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, by Dan Rather, as a fitting and challenging choice for the 2018-2019 SHSU Common Reading Experience. Themes in What Unites Us address timely, relevant, and cross-disciplinary topics affecting our students.

In What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, Rather takes his wealth of experience to examine the current political moment. Broken into five sections, Rather examines all the different components that must come together for a healthy nation. Each section builds on a pillar of Rather’s ideal America (Freedom, Community, Exploration, Responsibility, and Character) and details how history has both succeeded and failed in its pursuit of these fundamental traits.

About Dan Rather

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Dan Rather’s career as a journalist stretches back decades and spans every major American moment: Watergate, the Kennedy assassinations, 9/11. From his CBS work to today, this newsman has been on your TV, in print, and on social media, to teach you something about the world. Born Oct. 31, 1931 in Wharton, Texas, Rather received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Sam Houston State in 1953. He spent a year as a journalism instructor at Sam Houston State, and also attended the University of Houston and the South Texas School of Law. Rather has returned to the Sam Houston State campus often for events, including the 1993 celebration of the 200th birthday of Texas hero Sam Houston, and dedication ceremonies in October 1994, during which the university's communications building was named in his honor. In November 1996, he gave lectures on media ethics at Sam Houston State and the University of Texas, which were available electronically to students at both schools.

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