Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A New Start

With the start of the school year, OneBook CRC begins reading a new text entitled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Have you had a chance to read it yet?

In support of this fun, enriching campus-wide activity the CRC Hawks Nest Bookstore is offering a $4.00 off coupon through their website at http://www.crc.losrios.edu/Documents/bookstore/One%20Book%20Coupon-Web%20Image.pdf .  

Please consider posting it to D2L or your class website for students to access.

In addition to promoting reading, OneBook CRC will be hosting a series of exciting activities from across a broad range of disciplines to support learning outside the classroom. For example, CRC Biology Professor Eric Neff will be hosting a series of monthly informal talks entitled Science in the Cafeteria, and the Social Responsibility Committee will be hosting a film series based on the themes and topics presented in the book. 

Another event associated with OneBook includes a lecture on bioethics by CRC Philosophy Professor Rick Schubert on Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00pm. Be sure to put this on your calendar!

If you would like to learn more about this project, or if you would like to steer students toward OneBook we have a variety of ways to access information:

If you are inspired by the ideas presented here, then OneBook CRC wants to hear from you! Do you have ideas for activities or events associated with the reading of the text? Do you know someone outside of campus who is an expert on one of the book's themes? Or are you someone who wants to be part of the exciting action of learning beyond the classroom and the promotion of community at CRC? Contact us at any of the venues listed above and we will be sure to get you plugged into the action!

Of course, this project would not be possible without the support of key individuals who have helped shepherd it to this point including Debbie Travis, Ginny McReynolds, Ken Cooper, Emily Bond, Amanda Paskey, Emmanuel Sigauke, Rhonda Farley, Alex Casareno, AnnMarie Beasley, Amber Foreman and all of the wonderful staff in Duplicating Services! It's because of you that CRC is a great place to work and learn.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

About Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

This year's book selection was written by a young, emerging writer who lives in Nigeria. Her experiences as a child serve to inform her writing, an activity which she began when she was about 10 years old. By the time she was 15, Nwaubani had been selected for several writing awards, including as best poet and playwright in her school.

She wrote her first novel, I Do Not Come To You By Chance, in just two months. After you have checked out this recent interview for more information about what inspires her, then get yourself a copy and get reading!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Future Book Suggestions

Do you have a favorite book that you think OneBook CRC ought to read in the future? If so, identify the book's title and author, and give a brief explanation about what makes it a good book.

OneBook CRC Criteria

The criteria for the OneBook CRC Project are as follows:
  • The book is accessible to CRC students;
  • The book’s topics stimulate conversation amongst a variety of readers;
  • The book fosters personal reflection;
  • The book promotes teaching and learning and can be integrated into a variety of CRC courses and programs;
  • The book develops a foundation for cultural pluralism, a rejection of previous personal prejudices, and knowledge of and comfort with others;
  • The book has the potential to build a community by sharing the common experience of reading and discussion.