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First Pages: Archived: What the Eyes Don't See

In collaboration with the Honors Program, these are library provided links to reviews, interviews, documents, and pertinent websites to support the freshman summer reading project.

About First Pages

First Pages was established to develop a sense of common knowledge and purpose as students move into their first year at Northeastern University. The book is the foundation for a series of programming events during Welcome Week including a visit from the author.  

The goals of the project are to present a challenging and engaging text which will provide insight into an important issue and bring faculty, administrators, staff, upper-class students and new students together outside of a traditional classroom setting. The selection for Fall 2019 is What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha.

The author’s presentation is on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019, 7:00 PM at the Matthews Arena (this is a mandatory event for all new students). Author Mona Hanna-Attisha will discuss her work and answer questions about What the Eyes Don’t See.

To enable Northeastern students to learn more about these issues and prepare to take action, the University Honors Program invites you to participate in any (or all!) of the following events:


Reading Discussion Group on What the Eyes Don’t See, hosted by Evie Cordell, University Library

September 19, 2019     6:30pm – 7:30pm
90 Snell Library

A “Toxic Tour” of Boston’s Dudley Square

September 20, 2019    12:30pm – 2:30pm                    

Reading Discussion Group on What the Eyes Don’t See, hosted by Evie Cordell, University Library

October 10, 2019         6:30pm – 7:30pm                     

90 Snell Library

Tour of the Waterworks Museum                                 

November 6, 2019       11:30pm – 1:30pm

2450 Beacon St., Chestnut Hill, MA

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Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the crusading pediatrician who first researched and revealed the lead in the blood of Flint, Michigan’s children. Named one of Timemagazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” she continues to work to mitigate the impact of the water crisis on Flint’s children. She has testified twice before the United States Congress about the Flint Water Crisis. In 2016, Dr. Hanna-Attisha received the PEN Freedom of Expression Award for her work and advocacy. In her powerful book, What the Eyes Don’t See, and her personal and inspiring speeches, she motivates audiences to speak out against injustice.

A passionate activist, Dr. Hanna-Attisha created the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a model program to mitigate the impact of the Flint Water Crisis. As founder and director of this organization, she combines community and clinical programs, childhood health policy and advocacy, and robust evaluation to give Flint children a better chance at future success.

About "What The Eyes Don't See"

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2019 First Pages book, What the Eyes Don’t See, by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

In 2014, the state of Michigan changed the city of Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Resident complaints about the water’s quality was met with repeated reassurances from local government. However, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and her research team later determined that the residents’ concerns had been justified, as they had been exposed to lead – a neurotoxin that can cause irreparable developmental harm to children. What the Eyes Don’t See is a compelling story about the intersection between public health, democratic governance, and power of advocacy for our fellow citizens.

Reviews and Interviews

Water Initiatives, Advocacy, and News

Learn more about water initiatives and water advocacy in Boston, Massachusetts, and around the world. How can you get involved?  

Research & Instruction Librarian

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Brooke Williams
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Northeastern Initiatives

Learn more and get involved by exploring what initiatives Northeastern faculty, staff, and students are involved in and/or working on around the topic of water at Northeastern University 


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