Common Reading Experience
What the Eyes Don't See


What the Eyes Don't See


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The University of Mississippi‘s 2020 Common Reading Experience selection -- What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha -- was chosen as the communal text for 2020, and will be the focus of university-wide discussions and programming throughout 2020.

It is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside 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 her 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. And 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. What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.

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Subject Headings (LCSH)

Whistle blowing--Michigan--Flint; Lead poisoning--Michigan--Flint; Drinking water--Lead content--Michigan--Flint; Water quality management--Michigan--Flint; Physicians--Michigan--Flint--Biography


Link to research resource guide for What the Eyes Don't See, compiled by UM Libraries

Additional files include:

  • Classroom resource guide created by EDHE, Law, Library, and Writing and Rhetoric Faculty and Staff

What the Eyes Don't See