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Sept. 27, 2012
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Author to sign copies of ‘Outcasts United’ on Baldwin City campus

Baldwin City, Kan. — Author Warren St. John will be on Baker University’s Baldwin City campus on Monday, Oct. 8, to discuss his book “Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference” and sign copies of the bestseller. The event is set for 8 p.m. at Rice Auditorium, Eighth and Dearborn streets.Outcasts_United

Baker is one of more than 40 colleges and universities that have selected the book as a common read for incoming freshmen. During summer orientation, all freshmen were presented a free a copy of the New York Times bestseller and received their first college assignment to read the book. The students have discussed the book in freshman salons, where they learn college success skills and reflect on their values, decision making and being part of a scholarly community.

“We wanted to build a sense of community and oneness by having the entire freshman class and all the campus newcomers read the book,” said Cassy Bailey, dean of students. “The book speaks on issues of community and diversity. I think everyone can read the book and say, ‘I can imagine that, and put myself in their place.’”

A limited supply of books is available in the bookstore at Harter Union and will be made available to purchase in the Rice Auditorium lobby before the event. St. John plans to sign books in the lobby after his presentation.


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