UNLV Athletics and University Libraries have partnered on a new initiative aimed at driving engagement throughout campus, the two departments announced today.
The UNLV Book Club is being co-chaired by Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois and Dean of University Libraries Maggie Farrell.
Open to all UNLV students, including student-athletes, as an optional offering, the group will focus on one book per semester and hold regular discussion groups via virtual video conferences.
The program’s first book will be A Most Beautiful Thing by Arshay Cooper, the moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who form the first all-Black high school rowing team in the nation. In doing so, they not only transform a sport, but also their lives.
The book was selected as it touches on a number of current issues including racism, education, trauma, and family.
There is no charge for UNLV students to join the book club and a limited number of books will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meetings will be held Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec.14. Cooper is scheduled to attend and participate in the Nov. 17 meeting.
Students can join the book club by filling out the registration form.