The first step in preparing for an active role in First Pages is to read the selected book prior to your arrival on campus. Students may purchase a copy of the book from the University Bookstore beginning June 15th, 2015. The book is also available at most retailers.

As you read the book, remember that this is one way we are establishing a connection between all new students. Think of concerns, questions or comments that you might contribute to the conversation about the book with your new classmates.

Finally, prepare to attend the author’s presentation on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 (this is a mandatory event for all new students). Author Alex Gilvarry will discuss his work and answer questions about From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.


Interviews with the author and articles about the book

The Funny World of Fashion and Terrorism  (The Economist)

Post 9-11 Life as a ‘Non-Enemy Combatant’ (National Public Radio)

Other writings by the author

The Borough that New York Forgot (The Nation)

Not quite Norman: Living up to a Literacy Legacy (National Public Radio)

Guantanamo Bay

Closing Guantanamo? (Council on Foreign Relations)

Final Review of the Guantanamo Bay Task Force 1/22/2010 (US Government)

How I Fought to Survive Guantanamo (The Guardian)

Haute Couture

Council of Fashion Designers of America

Fashion Institute of Technology


British Broadcasting Corporation

Encyclopedia Britannica

Philippine Star

World Factbook


For information about First Pages, please contact Lauren Pouchak at (617) 373-7217


For information about library resources, please contact Jamie Dendy at (617) 373-3344