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What the Eyes Don't See (First Year Reading Pick, 2020)

A guide to the 2020 First Year Reading program's pick, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

2020 First Year Reading Program Selection


Welcome to the resource guide for the First Year Reading Program's 2020 pick, What the Eyes Don't See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, created by librarians Courtney Walsh and Vicky Ludas Orlofsky. The information you'll find here will help you better understand the topics presented in What the Eyes Don't See, including the Flint water crisis, the science of lead contamination in water, and the effect of environmental injustice and systemic racism on public health.

The staff of the Samuel C. Williams Library looks forward to meeting you at Stevens this coming semester, whether virtually or in person.

If you have any questions regarding the First Year Reading Program, please contact Chris Shemanski, Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Student Life (

For more on the program and the First-Year Orientation, see:

First Year Reading Program Summer Engagement Contest 2020

Email with questions or to submit your entry. 

Learn More About the Flint Water Crisis

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's presentation at the 38th Annual Conference on the First Year Experience.


Penguin Random House's trailer for What the Eyes Don't See.

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