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About KUMC One Book

How this program began: 
The KUMC One Book program is an evolution of the Peter T. Bohan Lecture that has been a tradition since 1947. In recent years, the lectureship has introduced the KUMC campus to such notable speakers as Michael Moss, Rye Barcott, and Samantha Nutt, and also provided limited books to campus reading groups. The 2016 expansion to KUMC One Book allowed all members of the KUMC community to participate by reading and discussing a common book and attending the Peter T. Bohan Lecture in the spring.

Program mission:
The KUMC One Book program's mission is to strengthen the KUMC campus community by engaging students, faculty and staff in a shared discussion and reflection on a common text. The program will explore ways to improve health, as only we can, through social change and community responsibility.

2019 KUMC One Book:
The book chosen for 2019 is What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.
Read about the book.
Read about the author.

Past book selections:
2018 - Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness  by Susannah Cahalan
2017 - When Breath Becomes Air  by Paul Kalanithi
2016 - Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World  by Tina Rosenberg

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Last modified: Jan 26, 2019