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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 Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After” is a powerful, unforgettable story.

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads
THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Clemantine Wamariya

Clementine Wamariya

In “The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After,” author Clemantine Wamariya recounts her journey escaping the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, migrating through seven African countries before being granted refugee status in the United States and learning how to cope with the scars of her past and her promising future.

Her story was so powerful, Clemantine won an essay contest and found herself on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Watch the clip and meet Clemantine.

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:

  • Growth 
  • Change 
  • Family 
  • Survival 
  • New Beginnings 
  • Genocide 
  • Post-Colonialism
  • African History 
  • Xenophobia 
  • Immigration 
  • Gender Studies 
Discover more themes, discussion questions and resources.
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NOMINATE A BOOK FOR 2021-2022

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

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