Student Experience Office

Student Experience Office


Student Experience Office

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What is Queen's Reads?

Queen’s Reads is a common reading program that aims to engage the Queen’s community in a dialogue. We hope you’ll read the book and be a part of the conversation over the course of the academic year. Join our discussion groups, events and a visit from the author, no matter how much (or little) of the book you’ve read!

What book are we reading this year?

This year we are reading The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi. It is an intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi—a young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees—and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents. The Boy on the Beach explores newcomer experiences, the global refugee crisis, the politicization of tragedy, and the love and hope that one family shared in the face of grief and adversity.

How do I participate?

You'll be able to pick up your free copy of the Queen's Reads book in September at various locations around campus. If you require the book in an alternate format for accessibility purposes, you will be able to contact the Adaptive Technology Centre at Read what you can and come out to our events during the year. All Queen’s students are invited to participate!

Find out more about the Author Visit on March 11th!

Have questions about the program? Email