President's 2015-16 Book Selection


The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of an unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. A story of war, it is also a story of family, faith, and resilience in the face of despair. This story will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

" 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana' gives voice to many of our world’s unsung heroines. Against all odds, these young women created hope and community, and they never gave up. This book is guaranteed to move you—and to show you a side of Afghanistan few ever see."
— Angelina Jolie, Actress & Activist

"...A powerful read that serves as a reminder that Afghanistan can never thrive until it embraces the active involvement of women—with their resourcefulness, spirit and resilience– in its leadership and future."
— Tina Brown, Editor, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her reporting on entrepreneurs in these countries has been published by the New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor,, and the Daily Beast, as well as the World Bank and Harvard Business School. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Freshman Reading Program
  • Freshman Reading Program
  • Freshman Reading Program
  • Freshman Reading Program
  • Freshman Reading Program
Why should you participate?
  • To share a common experience with other new students.
  • To enhance your intellectual university experience.
  • To make new friends and network with faculty.
  • This book is a required text for SLSS 1000 and ENGH 0890.

All new freshmen for the 2015-2016 academic year will be given a UVU-custom copy of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana when they attend Jumpstart Orientation. Books are also available for pick-up in the Losee Center, Room 405, beginning May 2015.

So, pick up your book soon and be ready to make the most of your first year at college! All new freshmen, entering either summer or fall 2015, or spring 2016, should read The Dressmaker of Khair Khana this year.

Classical Book  Selection 2015-16ABOUT THE CLASSICAL BOOK SELECTION:

In addition to the primary freshman reading book selection, President Holland selects a classical selection for those students who desire to engage with a more complex text at a higher intellectual level. The classical selection for 2015-2016 is Major Barbara, by George Bernard Shaw. Far more than just an ambiguous discussion of religion and ethics, this 3-act play is a sparkling example of its Shaw's unique gift for presenting social theories in an engaging format.

The classical selection is also incorporated each year into UVU's Honors Program activities and presented in a theatrical production by UVU's theater department.