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College-Wide Reading Program
The College-Wide Reading Program is an initiative intended to provide a common reading that encourages thought, discussion, and collaboration at Delaware County Community College. All members of the College community are invited to nominate books for the program and to participate in related activities throughout the academic year.
The College-Wide Reading Committee has selected "The Climate Crisis" as our theme for the 2022-2023 academic year, and the book we'll be reading to explore this theme is Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World by Dr. Kimberly Nicholas.
Originally from California, Dr. Nicholas is a climate scientist, researcher, and lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. She also produces a climate-focused newsletter and podcast called We Can Fix It. Under the Sky We Make provides an accessible overview of what's driving climate change, what has already been lost, the emotional impact of facing the crisis, and how we can stay focused and committed to meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
For more information on the book, including how to obtain a copy from the College's Learning Commons, visit learningcommons.dccc.edu/UnderTheSkyWeMake.
Climate Equity Talk with Hana Creger
Thursday, September 27
We know that burning fossil fuels--like gasoline--to get where we need to go is causing severe damage to our climate, but what can working students and families do about it? We still need to get to school, to work, and back home, and in many communities, there are few practical and affordable "green transportation" alternatives to gas-powered cars. Hana Creger, a climate equity specialist for the Greenlining Institute, joins us from Oakland, California to discuss how we can advocate for cleaner, climate-friendly transportation options where we live, work, and study. This event is co-sponsored by the College-Wide Reading Program and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Meeting ID: 963 8624 7126
Do the Math: The Climate Activism of Bill McKibben
Tuesday, October 25
This virtual "watch party" will feature a documentary about Bill McKibben--the legendary climate activist, writer, and co-founder of 350.org--and his fight to stop the fossil fuel industry from polluting the atmosphere beyond repair. By watching the movie via Zoom, you'll be able to chat with friends, classmates, and professors as you do so. An open discussion of the movie will follow, during which we can all share our reactions, thoughts, and questions.
Meeting ID: 915 0215 7973
Becoming Weatherwise:Field Trip to the APS Museum in Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 2
Take a trip to the American Philosophical Society's museum in Philadelphia to see the exhibit "Becoming Weatherwise: A History of Climate Science in America." This trip is limited to 20 students, so sign up as soon as you can to save your spot! Bus transportation will be provided from the Downingtown and Marple Campuses. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of the bus. Details on how to reserve your spot will be posted soon. In the meantime, email Professor Brophy ([email protected]) if you're interested. This event is co-sponsored by College-Wide Reading and Campus Life.
Getting Beneath the Antarctic Ice with Dr. Atsuhiro Muto
Downingtown Center Learning Commons (also streaming via Zoom)
Monday, November 7
1- 2 p.m.
Meeting ID: 915 1079 0945
As the planet continues to warm, what will happen to the ice sheets of Antarctica? How will that impact the rest of the planet? Dr. Muto, a glaciologist and polar geophysicist at Temple University, will join us to share his research from the frigid-but-warming "bottom" of the Earth. The official title of his talk is, "Revealing the Deep Secrets: Geophysical Investigations of Subglacial Controls on the Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability." Join us in-person on the Downingtown Center or via Zoom for this event, which is co-sponsored by College-Wide Reading and the STEAM Speakers Series.
- Screening and Discussion of "I Am Not Your Negro"
- Musical Artist Kendrah Butler-Waters
- Philadelphia Poet Yolanda Wisher
The goals of the program include:
- Promoting a habit of reading
- Encouraging the exploration of diverse experiences and perspectives
- Providing a common discussion point for all members of the College community
- Readable by our entire population, including developmental and ESL students
- Available in paperback
- Cross-disciplinary appeal
- Ability to be incorporated into curricular and extracurricular activities
- Presents diverse or unique perspective
The College wide reading program began as the brainchild of the Reading department in the spring semester of 2003. James McBride spoke on campus at the request of faculty who were teaching his memoir The Color of Water. After the success of the author’s visit, Professor Lisa Barnes worked with fellow Reading Professors Dianne Shames, Sandy Connelly and Valerie Schantz to expand the reach of the program.
The first college-wide book selection was The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (chosen by a committee of librarians, the Reading department, and English faculty volunteers). This book ran from spring 2004 to fall 2004. Discussion groups were led by members of faculty and staff from various departments and events began around the book, including serving the food mentioned in the book at a small reception. Swarup Raman gave a seminar on issues of immigration raised in Lahiri’s book.
For the next year’s pick, the program moved to following the academic year (to facilitate faculty adoption). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was chosen for the fall semester of 2005 through spring 2006. This year saw the first larger scale "tie-in" events co-sponsored by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Math Professors Dotty Russo and Jill Spellina delivered a seminar on the importance of numbers in the book. Then-Director of the Office of Disability Services, Ann Binder, spoke about students with learning differences and the program hosted an essay competition.
Things Fall Apart was selected in 2006-2007; at this point, librarians began to prepare Library Guides for the program (available via the links above). Flags of Our Fathers began in partnership with the Delaware County Library System (DCLS) in 2007-2008.
With Courage and Cloth and Having Our Say were chosen for 2008-2009. There was an additional author visit by Chris Bohjalian (who wrote Skeletons at the Feast) as a tie-in appearance sponsored by a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the partnership with DCLS.
The Glass Castle was chosen as the 2010-2011 choice. Over the years, the program has evolved and its name has changed from the One-Book One-College program to its current name, the College-Wide Reading Program. Titles were not selected in 2009-10 or 2014-15.
The College-wide Reading Program is now housed under the Institutional Diversity Committee. The current Faculty Fellow for College-Wide Reading is Professor Matthew Brophy. Past fellows include Professor Liz Gray, Tina Shaffer of The Virginia M. Carter Center for Excellence in Teaching, and Librarian Ellie Goldberg.
About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times
Edited by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Stuffed and Starved
By Raj Patel
By Bryan Stephenson
Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa
by Rigoberto González
by Edward Humes
Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
2012-2013: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
2011-2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2010-2011: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2008-2009: With Courage and Cloth by Ann Bausum and Having Our Say by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany and Amy Hill Hearth
2007-2008: Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley (with Ron Powers)
2006-2007: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe