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Overseen by the Humanities Center, WVU’s Campus Read engages the campuses and community through a common reading experience, fostering dialogue, critical thinking and University-wide participation. “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” is a gripping, thought-provoking story.

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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches at the Border
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches at the Border

MEET THE AUTHOR

Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantú was as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. A native of the Southwest, the son of a park ranger and grandson of a Mexican immigrant, Cantú’s history, upbringing and career path were deep-rooted in the border. His experiences on both sides of the line unmask a raw and nuanced perspective on migration and America’s borders.

WHY GET INVOLVED IN CAMPUS READ?

The Campus Read fosters an exchange of ideas, thoughtful dialogue and new connections as fellow Mountaineers join together to discuss important ideas and relatable themes. This year’s themes include:

  • Nature
  • Beauty
  • Humanity
  • Immigration
  • Nationalism
  • Memoir
  • Migrants
  • Law enforcement
  • Trauma
  • Human boundaries
  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Institutional violence
  • Political systems
  • Imagined communities
  • Family relationships
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NOMINATE A BOOK FOR 2022-2023

Do you know a book that would stimulate conversation and engage the campus and community?

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