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Utah State University 2013 Common Literature Experience Announced

Monday, Apr. 22, 2013


Lisa Hancock

New Student Orientation

Utah State University

Phone: (435) 797-1125



LOGAN – Now in its 11th year, the USU Common Literature Experience invites campus and community members to join incoming students in reading “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, and attending the author’s convocation speech on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Each year, Utah State University sponsors a Common Literature Experience to bring students, faculty, staff and Cache Valley community members together in reading a common book. Approximately 1,700 new students taking the University Connections course read the book during the summer and complete a reflective paper prior to the beginning of the class. They also attend the literature convocation, held the Saturday before university classes begin.

This year’s literature committee, composed of students, faculty, staff and members of the community, reviewed many excellent nominations and selected “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” for its compelling tale of survival, perseverance, and inventiveness. The book will allow students to hear a first-hand account of crippling famine; and how one young man is able to look beyond his current circumstances, gain knowledge and use all available resources to improve living conditions for his entire village by building a windmill system.

William Kamkwamba will speak at a free convocation on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at USU’s Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center. The convocation is open to the public and will be broadcast on USU’s Aggiecast system at

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is available in the USU Bookstore. For more information about the Common Literature Experience, please contact Lisa Hancock at 435-797-1125.

Related Link:
Literature Experience Website


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