Campus Reading Program

by Mona Hanna-Attisha

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha, is SJSU's Campus Reading book for the fall 2020 incoming class of first-time freshmen. What the Eyes Don't See tells the inspiring story of how Dr. Hanna-Attisha, along with a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled their own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. 

Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. At the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. 

Please visit Dr. Hanna-Attisha's website for more information about this year's Campus Reading book selection.