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'A Journal for Jordan’ named OneBook choice for 2010-11

News Release — 25 January 2010


Media contact: Teresa Newton, (817) 272-2761,

ARLINGTON - The OneBook/Conversations committee has announced "A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor" by the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy as the book for 2010-11 academic year.

A Journal for JordanCanedy tells the story of her relationship with her fiancé, U.S. Army First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, who died in Iraq in October 2006. The poignant memoir seeks to preserve his memory for his son, Jordan, who was a baby when his father died.  King kept a journal for his son while in Iraq. Canedy intersperses numerous excerpts from King's journal, alongside her own stories about family life, her work as a journalist, her relationship with King and the challenges of motherhood on the home front.

"Remembrance" will be the theme for 2010-11, fostering interdisciplinary conversations on a writing and memory, African-American history and culture, September 11, women and war, geopolitics, the biology of memory, digital media, veterans, and popular culture.

UT Arlington's OneBook Program was created to foster critical thinking and to promote a sense of community among first-year students and the entire campus. Each year the OneBook program selects a book for all incoming freshmen to explore in their English Composition classes. A theme, taken from the book, serves as an anchor for a broad array of interdisciplinary events and exchanges, titled "Conversations," that are open to the entire community.

The program's shared intellectual experience serves as a vehicle for introducing new students to the community of scholars and lifelong learners where ideas are discussed, debated and explored, both in and outside of the classroom. Freshmen read and discuss OneBook program books in their English 1301 classes.
The entire University community is invited to participate in reading groups, special programming and brown bag lecture series.

"Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future" by Bill McKibben is the 2009-10 OneBook, with sustainability as the year's theme.

More details on the OneBook program are at or


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