Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Summer Reading 2014

Summer Orientation Reading

View the Summer Reading Study Guide here!

We ask that all students read a common text before visiting campus for orientation. You should be prepared to discuss the book with other students in your Residential Learning Community during orientation.

This year's text is La Verdad: A Witness to the Salvadoran Martyrs.La Verdad offers a compelling vision of 20th century El Salvador as seen through the eyes of Lucia Cerna, a housekeeper at Central American University (UCA).The stories she tells, which are put into historical and political context by historian Mary Jo Ignoffo, are connected by the common theme of Cerna's witnessing the massacre of six UCA Jesuit scholars and two laypeople during the Salvadoran Civil War in 1989.La Verdad is insightful and ultimately inspirational!

La Verdad: A Witness to the Salvadoran Martyrs (Orbis Books, ISBN-10: 162698073X, ISBN-13: 978-1626980730) is available through and other online providers.We encourage you to obtain your copy as soon as possible. If you have difficulty obtaining the text or have other questions about it, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 408-551-1995.


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