As SJSU is a community dedicated to inclusiveness, and there have been some disturbing generalizations made about all Muslim Americans by some voices in the media recently, this spring, working with Associated Students, we have selected a book reading activity to raise awareness about Islamophobia while having an open dialogue about what America stands for and what it means to be an American.  Our focus will be on the award winning book by Anand Giridharadas, The True American:  Murder and Mystery in Texas (Norton 2014).

To participate, students just need to check their schedules and make sure they can attend ONE of the two following options for a book discussion in Clark 100H:

April 18, Monday 4:30 – 6:00 pm

April 19, Tuesday 4:00 -- 5:30 pm

We invite students that represent the wide range of Spartans from different classes (freshman, sophomore, etc), backgrounds, majors, ethnicities, etc. But only the first 25 that contact can be accommodated.

If you agree to participate, all you have to do is, 1) Read the book (a free copy will be provided), 2) Come to one of the two seminars and share some thoughts and talk about the ideas in the book. The seminar will be fun and engaging. Refreshments will be provided.

Participants will also be given a Certificate of Cultural Awareness from The Reading Program that will look good on a resume. 

Contact Prof Guenter at to participate.

Once the student gets confirmation from Prof Guenter, go to Department of Humanities (Clark Hall 419) and contact Eliza Rentschler to get the free book.