Welcome to the UO Common Reading Program!

Announcing the 2019-2020 UO Common Reading Selection:

Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena María Viramontes


A story of loss and survival, Under the Feet of Jesus is a lyrical, powerful novel about the lives of the children, women, and men who endure a difficult existence and labor under dangerous conditions as migrant workers in California’s fields. Through central characters like the teenager, Estrella, and her mother, Petra, the book explores interrelated topics of farm labor, health care, material resources, and environmental justice. The title of the book refers to birth certificates and other important documents kept in a portable statue of Jesus that moves with the family to each new location along the agricultural production cycle.

Learn more about Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus here.




Upcoming events:

Contexts for Teaching Under the Feet of Jesus
Wednesday, May 1
1:00-3:00 p.m., Ford Alumni Center Ballroom
Register via MyTrackRefreshments served
Join the UO Common Reading Program and TEP to launch next year’s book, Under the Feet of Jesus, by Helena María Viramontes. The event will include presentations by Professors Sarah Wald and David Vázquez, who will offer key contexts for the novel and share their experiences drawing out and preparing students to work with key themes like environmental justice, farm labor, and Chicana feminisms. Participants will receive a copy of the novel and a guide to teaching it developed by Professor Wald and her graduate students, with feedback from faculty experts across the disciplines. Don’t miss this special opportunity to talk with colleagues about how we can teach such a rich work in community with one another.

Are you a faculty or staff member who’s considering teaching or working with the book? Does your office frequently have the book or its content come up in your work with students? Please let us know!

We work to help connect those who are working with the book to related resources, events, and opportunities, as well as connecting students to various ways they can participate.

To request a review copy of the book, simply use this form.


Save the Date: Helena María Viramontes’ visit to the UO campus, Fall 2019:

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