MCC Common Read Program to Host Author Abdi Nor Iftin, April 21

MANCHESTER, Conn.  (April 14, 2022) – Abdi Nor Iftin is the author of this year’s Common Read selection, Call Me American. Manchester Community College will host him as part of the college’s program in a free event held via Webex on Thursday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. It is open to the public.

Credit: Michael Lionstar

Iftin’s memoir vividly relates the author’s experience growing up during the Somali Civil War, learning English and the long process of emigration to the United States. The book offers a glimpse into Somali culture, details the tragedy of the country’s long-lasting conflict and explores issues of foreign intervention, the refugee crisis and adjustment to American society.

During this event, he will deliver a one-hour keynote talk, followed by a 30-minute interview with Assistant Professor Amy Shaw, MCC’s Common Read coordinator. There will also be a 30-minute open session for attendees to ask questions.

For more information and the Webex link to attend, visit

This event is sponsored by MCC Foundation.

About the Common Read

The Common Read is a popular program that is implemented all over the country within schools and communities to help enhance and support more thoughtful decision-making regarding choices for the future. This program invites people to read and engage in one single text that explores controversial topics such as racism, ethics and poverty. Faculty, staff, students and the larger community are invited to join in the Common Read program. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the Common Read text within course offerings for the fall and spring semesters.