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One Book...One Campus...One Community 2020-2021: About One Book

The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh

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About One Book

The One Book…One Campus…One Community reading program is intended to build an intellectual and social rapport among students, staff, faculty and community members through the collective experience of reading, thinking about, and discussing challenging ideas and themes that raise important social issues, especially those surrounding issues of diversity. A common book is chosen to enrich perspectives and to invite conversations from across different fields of interest.

Program Goals

  • Create awareness of and ongoing dialogue about diversity issues.
  • Facilitate a shared learning experience for students faculty, staff and the community.
  • Emphasize reading as a significant component of a well-rounded education and existence.
  • Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to explore and discuss relevant social justice issues.
  • Increase the level of awareness among participants about social inequality.
  • Encourage participants to use the knowledge they gain to work personally and professionally for positive social change.
  • Create an opportunity for the residents of Northern Indiana to share in an intellectually satisfying experience with students, faculty and staff through the discussion and analysis of quality literature.
  • Promote positive interactions between local residents and the IU Northwest and Ivy Tech community. 

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Book Selection Criteria

  • A work that addresses diversity issues.
  • A reading complexity appropriate for college students and community members.
  • Relevant themes and issues suitable to group discussion and analysis.
  • A topic of relevance and appeal to both young adults and the general community.
  • A subject that lends itself to community-university programming and special activities.

One Book Committee Members 2020-2021

Crystal Shannon (Chair)

Latrice Booker

Nico Casas TerryAnn Defenser
James Wallace Mary Lee
Kathy Malone Aaron Pigors
Erika Rose Doug Swartz
Ed Mamrila


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