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We provide all incoming first-year students with a powerful Common Reading book related to the year's theme. Students discuss the book in University Seminar and other courses.


American Like Me

Reflections on Life Between Cultures

edited by America Ferrera

Book cover of "American Like Me"

About the Book

Our 2020-2021 Common Reading book is American Like Me, edited by actress America Ferrera, a collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

About the Editor

America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty.

Actress America Ferrera
U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez holding her medals

Meet the Authors

Famous actors, athletes, writers, singers, filmmakers and more. American voices you know. American stories we share.


A video introduction to our 2020-2021 theme of Dynamics and our Common Reading book, American Like Me.