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The Far Away Brothers: Faculty and Staff Resources

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The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham will be CSUN's Freshman Common Reading for 2019-2020. During spring 2019, faculty and staff will be invited to join colleagues for a workshop-style book discussion of ways to teach and discuss the book. Workshop handouts, notes, and assignment ideas will be available below.

Related Upcoming Events

Images and Memory as the First Female Nicaraguan Photojournalist
March 29, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm / Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room (Oviatt Library)

Empire of Borders, Migration, and Climate Change
April 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm / Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room (Oviatt Library)

Faculty / Staff Discussion Groups for The Far Away Brothers

Want to know more about next year's Common Read and have a lively discussion with colleagues from across campus? Please come join us for one of our book discussion groups! You do not have to have read the book prior to attending one of these! Any staff and faculty are invited and welcome to join us as we discuss the issues and themes from the book. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP for any of these sessions by emailing Kelly Kroeker at or calling AFYE at x6535. 

Tuesday March 12. 11-12:15. Location: Oviatt Library 102C
Hosted by Jennie Quinonez-Skinner (Reference Collections Coordinator, Oviatt Library)

Tuesday March 26. 2-3:15. Location: SH 422 (Undergraduate Studies on the Roof Conference Room)
Hosted by Dario Fernandez (Director of the DREAM Center)

Tuesday March 26. 4-5pm. Location JR 217
Hosted by Amanda Harrison (Department of English)

Wednesday April 3. 11-12:15. Location: SH 422 (Undergraduate Studies on the Roof Conference Room)
Hosted by Celia Simonds (Department of Central American Studies)

Monday April 8, 2-3:15. Location: SH 422 (Undergraduate Studies on the Roof Conference Room)
Hosted by Isabelle Ramos (Reference & Instruction Librarian, Oviatt Library; member of the Common Read Selection Committee)

Friday April 19, 12:30-1:45. Location: SH 422 (Undergraduate Studies on the Roof Conference Room)
Hosted by Marvin Villanueva (Director, Student Services Center/EOP, College of Humanities)

Free copies of the book for CSUN faculty and staff, on request: we've got a deal for you

CSUN faculty and staff who would like a free copy of the book are welcome to request one by email (to Susanna: susanna.eng[at], by phone (818-677-6535), or in person: SH 422, Undergraduate Studies on the Roof. The usual deal will apply: one free copy in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new freshman in fall 2019. Some possible conversation starters:

  • "I see you are reading The Far Away Brothers.  How do you like it so far?"
  • "I read this book over the summer. I thought the most powerful part was __________. Have you read that part yet?" 
  • "Are you reading this book for a class? Which one?" 
  • "Did you go (are you going to go) to New Student Convocation? I heard that the keynote speaker was (will be) really interesting."

Offer valid while supplies last. 

Resources for teaching and discussing the book

With your help (and contributions from book discussion leaders and participants), this collection of resources will continue to grow. Please suggest additions by emailing susanna.eng[at] 

About the book: reviews and more

Selected articles by Lauren Markham

Related newspaper articles and resources

Personal stories

Mental health issues

CSUN Information