Dean's Summer Reading 2015

Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team,
and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference.

By Warren St. John.  2009.

Books will be distributed at the SCA Freshmen Summer Advising Day on July 10, 2015.

Outcasts United

About the book:

Outcasts United is the story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement.
It's a tale about resilience, the power of one person to make a difference and the daunting challenge of creating community in a place where people seem to have little in common.


Warren St. John

 About the author:

Warren St. John has written for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired and Slate, in addition to his work as a reporter for The New York Times.  His first book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania (2004), was named one of Sports Illustrated’s best books of the year, and ranked number one on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics. His second book, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference was published in the U.S. in April 2009, and subsequently in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and China.  St. John was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended The Altamont School. He studied English literature at Columbia College in New York City, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.


DUE: August 27, 2015
Required for All New SCA Freshmen.

We ask that you:

  • Read the book with an analytical eye.
  • Create an artifact based on your response to the book that will be on display the evening of October 2 when we welcome Mr. St. John to our campus for a lecture and book signing. Event starts at 7pm in the KCC gym.
    • Responses can be written form (poetry, essay, lyrics, ect., typed and double spaced), visual piece with an artist’s statement (photo, print, painting, ect.), digital piece (video, musical, ect.).
    • You are expected to cite specific examples from the book to support your work.
  • Your work will be collected on August 27 at 2pm. Please check in 10 minutes prior to the start of the session in your assigned room.
  • Please come prepared to share and contribute to the group discussion.