Common Reading for the Class of 2020

Book cover of "Lives in Limbo"

The Common Reading Program book for the Class of 2020 and transfer students entering in Fall 2016 is Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, by Roberto G. Gonzales. It is available at Tisch Library as an ebook and in print

The Common Reading Program gives all incoming first-year and transfer students a shared intellectual experience to kick off their Tufts experience. Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff selects a book for all incoming Jumbos to read. The goal is to foster conversation and engender a sense of community to help ease the transition to college life. The Common Reading Program is sponsored by Tisch College of Civic Life and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

Students will receive a copy of the selected Common Reading Book to your home address in the end of June. Please read the book before you arrive at Tufts and be ready to talk about it with your fellow students, orientation leaders, and advisors.


Selected Films @ Tisch

Bortolamedi, Gabriela, and Mark Abramson. Ni Aquí, Ni Allá =: Neither Here, nor There. Women Make Movies, 2015. Film.

Galisky, Anne Frances, and Rebecca Shine. Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth. Graham Street Productions, 2010. Streaming film.

Navarro, Monika. Ánimas Perdidas =: Lost Souls. Independent Lens, 2010. Film

Shwer, Mikaela. No le digas a nadie =: Don't tell anyone. Women Make Movies, 2015. Film.

Selected Books @ Tisch

Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc, 2015. Print.

Costanza-Chock, Sasha, and Manuel Castells. Out of the Shadows, into the Streets!: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement. Cambridge Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2014 Print.

Dreby, Joanna. Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015. Print.

Madera, Gabriela, ed. Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, 2008. Print.

Menjívar, Cecilia, and Dan Kanstroom, eds. Constructing Immigrant “Illegality”: Critiques, Experiences, and Responses. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Print.

Olivas, Michael A. No Undocumented Child Left behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren. New York: New York University Press, 2012 Print

Nicholls, Walter. The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2013. Print.

Pérez, William. Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and Thepromise of Higher Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 2012. Print

---. We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream. Sterling, Va: Stylus, 2009. Print.

Schwab, William A., and G. David Gearhart. Right to Dream: Immigration Reform and America’s Future. Fayetteville, Ark: University of Arkansas Press, 2013. Print.

Yoshikawa, Hirokazu. Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2011. Web.

Wong, Kent. Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation. UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, 2015. Print.

---. Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix and the Immigrant Youth Movement. UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, 2012. Print.

Zatz, Marjorie Sue, and Nancy Rodriguez. Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth, and Families. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015 Print.

Zayas, Luis H. Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Print.