Dr. Mona

Grab your copy of What the Eyes Don't See, and join in for a Q&A with author and Flint water crisis whistle-blower, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on February 17, 2021.


Presented by the Kreft Arts Program as a part of the spring 2021 virtual events slate, a book discussion on What the Eyes Don’t See presents the opportunity for students, employees, alumni, and friends of Concordia to discuss takeaways and learnings from the book (February 10) and to engage with the author, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (February 17).

In her memoir, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha documents her research on the water crisis in Flint and the backlash she faced when she went public with the truth.

“We are very lucky to have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and learn from her experiences exposing the truth about the Flint water crisis. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is an example and inspiration for all of us to advocate for truth and public health,” said Concordia’s Librarian Liz Hartig.

Hartig will lead the book discussion on February 10, and lead the Q&A with author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on February 17. Both events will take place at 4 p.m. EST via Zoom.

Get your copy

As part of the Great Michigan Read grant, free copies of the books are available in the Zimmerman Library. Those unable to visit the library or prefer to read the book digitally can download the book for free by using this website.

Synopsis of What the Eyes Don’t See

Here 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.

The 2019–20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.


Zimmerman Library Round-Up: 10 eBooks on Education

Looking for more to read this winter? Librarian Liz Hartig as put together a round-up of books that focus on Education, all published within the last two years. These books are available to CUAA students, faculty, and staff for free using your single sign-on credentials. Click here to browse all of the eBooks in CUAA’s database.

All Learning Is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond By Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith

Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs: Advancing Social Justice and Inclusion By Raechele L. Pope, Amy L. Reynolds, and John A. Mueller

Disability Across the Developmental Lifespan, Second Edition: An Introduction for the Helping Professions By Julie Smart

Letting Data Lead: How to Design, Analyze, and Respond to Classroom Assessment (Gain Actionable Insights Through Effective Assessment Methods and Data Interpretation) By Eileen Depka

Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace Lessons By Jackie Gerstein

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Mindful Principles for Social and Emotional Learning By Season Mussey

Using Rubrics for Performance-Based Assessment: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Student Work By Todd Stanley

Crisis Leadership in Higher Education: Theory and Practice By Ralph A. Gigliotti

Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education By Timothy J. Shaffer and Nicholas V. Longo

Handbook of Student Engagement Interventions: Working with Disengaged Students By Jennifer A. Fredricks, Amy L. Reschly, and Sandra L. Christenson

More Zimmerman Library Round-ups

July 2020: 10 eBooks on the topic of racial injustice

August 2020: 10 eBooks for summer reading

September 2020: 10 eBooks for time and stress management

— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is manager of campus communications for Concordia University Ann Arbor. She may be reached at rachel.thoms@cuaa.edu or 734-995-7403.

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