Common Intellectual Experiences

In addition to high impact instructional experiences and pedagogical research, faculty and the campus community at large are engaging in large-scale discussions about issues challenging community colleges in general and Queensborough in particular.

 


The Common Read is a Common Intellectual Experience that promotes integrative learning across the curriculum. This is accomplished through voluntary participation of faculty, both on campus and in local high schools, who introduce the text to their students and support the reading with co-curricular events. The events provide an opportunity for increased social and academic engagement while enhancing student learning outside of the classroom.

2014-2015 Common Read
Featured text: Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy, by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Queensborough faculty members and their students will read Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy in classes in the spring 2015 semester. They will be joined by classes from Bayside High School, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School and the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP). All students will participate in co-curricular activities.

Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy is a moving and inspirational memoir by Susan Spencer-Wendel. She was a vibrant forty-four year old journalist, wife and mother of three young children who learned that she had ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles, in June of 2011. Despite her diagnosis, this woman of immense strength and spirit decided to make every day count. Her memoir invites readers to join her on her journey, sharing her guiding desire to “dwell on how wonderful it is to be alive.” Her remarkable story has spread across the world even though the author died in June of 2014, at the age of forty-seven.

The theme of this year’s Common Read initiative is “empathy”   We hope not only to share the author’s story, but to prompt the campus community to think outside of themselves, to imagine living in a situation different from their own, promoting an increased awareness and willingness to aid others.

For additional information regarding this initiative please contact Ms. Susan Madera, Academic Program Manager for High Impact Practices and Common Read Coordinator at smadera@qcc.cuny.edu  or Dr. Beth Counihan, Associate Professor, English, and Common Read Book Club Coordinator, at bcounihan@qcc.cuny.edu.

 

Common Read Events for Spring 2014

Week 1 Events (March 2 - 6, 2015)

Monday - March 2, 2015, 8:10 am to 10:00 am
Dr. Kathleen Alves' English Composition II Class to Present:  "Social Models of Disability:  Representations of the Diseased and Decaying Body in Culture"
When we think about disability, we tend to think of the medical model. What about the social model—or how the social world constructs the person as disabled? Historically, the greater cultural pattern sees the disabled as Other, something to be covered up, fascinated with, or both. Join us as we explore and evaluate social models of disability and how social constructions of the (normal) self depend on constructions of the disabled in this workshop.
Library Building, Room LB14

Monday - March 2, 2015, 9:10 am to 12:00 noon
Drop-In Read Aloud

Bring your copy of "Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living With Joy" by Susan Spencer-Wendel, drop-in and join us as we enjoy reading the text aloud. Don't have a copy? Loaner copies will be available for your use.
Library Building, Room LB16

Monday - March 2, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Movie Event - "Pay it Forward"

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. It stars Haley Joel Osment as a boy who launches a good-will movement.
Library Building, Room LB14

Tuesday - March 3, 2015, 10:10 am to 12:00 pm
Dr. Anthony Monahan presents: "Leaving Yourself Behind: Attaining Higher-Level Empathy and Understanding"
This lecture will introduce the biological basis for empathy and explore specific developmental levels of empathy and how one can improve empathic behavior and understanding.
Library Building, Room LB14

Tuesday - March 3, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Movie Event - "Pay it Forward"

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. It stars Haley Joel Osment as a boy who launches a good-will movement.
Library Building, Room LB14

Wednesday - March 4, 2015, 12:10 pm to 12:45 pm
Pay It Forward Launch
Science Building, Room S112

Wednesday - March 4, 2015, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hunger Banquet
The hunger banquet is an interactive teaching demonstration that helps bring awareness of poverty and food distribution patters around the world.  Meals will be provided to each participant in proportion to the way food is distributed around the world.  By experiencing world conditions, participants will gain a better understanding of the disparity of food and wealth distribution.  This event is co-sponsored by NYPIRG and MALES.
Student Union Building

Wednesday - March 4, 2015, 2:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Drop-In Read Aloud

Bring your copy of "Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living With Joy" by Susan Spencer-Wendel, drop-in and join us as we enjoy reading the text aloud. Don't have a copy? Loaner copies will be available for your use.
Library Building, Room LB16

Thursday - March 5, 2015, 2:10 pm to 4:00 pm
Movie Event - Documentary - "So Much So Fast"
What would you do if you were 29 and found you may only have a few years to live? "So Much So Fast" is about the remarkable events set in motion when Stephen Heywood discovers he has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and his brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure.
Library Building, Room LB14

Friday - March 6, 2015, 1:10 am to 3:00 pm
Movie Event - Documentary - "So Much So Fast"
What would you do if you were 29 and found you may only have a few years to live? "So Much So Fast" is about the remarkable events set in motion when Stephen Heywood discovers he has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and his brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure..
Library Building, Room LB14

Week 2 Events (March 9 - 13, 2015)

Monday - March 9, 2015, 8:10 am to 10:00 am
Movie Event - "Pride of the Yankees"
This biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous "Luckiest Man" speech at his farewell day in 1939.
Library Building, Room LB14

Monday - March 9, 2015, 10:10 am to 12:00 pm
Professor Alisa Cercone presents: "Emotional Response vs. Facts: Empathy goes on Trial"
This event will focus on the conflict between emotional responses and facts when sitting in a court room and reporting on cases. How do court reporters separate their opinions from the facts when writing an article? Join us as we carefully consider courtroom protocol, write our own articles and reflect on the process.
Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center & Archives, Room A202

Monday - March 9, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Guest Speaker:  Valerie Estess, Co-Founder, Project
A.L.S.
When Jenifer Estess, a 35 year-old New York theatre and film producer, was diagnosed with ALS she decided to devote her remaining time and efforts towards making a difference and finding a cure.  Join us as Jenifer's sister and co-founder of Project A.L.S., Valerie Estess, talks about her personal experiences, the formation of Project A.L.S., their mission, research, the Ice Bucket Challenge and what you can do to make a difference.
Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center & Archives, Room A202

Tuesday - March 10, 2015, 8:10 am to 10:00 am
Movie Event - "Pride of the Yankees"
This biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous "Luckiest Man" speech at his farewell day in 1939.
Library Building, Room LB14

Wednesday - March 11, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Religious Clubs Roundtable
Join us as students share their religious perspectives on death and dying.
Science Building, Room S112

Thursday - March 12, 2015, 3:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Dr. Kathleen Wentrack's History of Photography Class to Present: "Empathy and Art: Images of Illness and Beauty in Photography"

Students will present their research on photographers who specifically address themes of illness or beauty in their work. The students selected photographers based on their personal responses to "Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy" and classroom discussions on empathy. The presentations aim to foster empathy for those who are ill, suffering, different from ourselves, or whose ideas of beauty fall out of traditional norms. Time will be allotted for discussion.
Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center & Archives, Room A202

Friday - March 13, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Movie Event - "Pride of the Yankees"
This biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous "Luckiest Man" speech at his farewell day in 1939.
Humanities Building, Room H447

Week 3 Events (March 16 - 20, 2015)

Monday - March 16, 2015, 10:10 pm to 12:00 noon
Guest Speakers Katie Bittner and Shirley Mondesir, Staff RNs at North Shore University Hospital's Palliative Care Unit (part of North Shore-LIJ Health System)
If you think that palliative care is for end-of-life care you are greatly mistaken.  Join us as we learn about palliative care, the difference between palliative care and hospice care, as well as the importance of empathy in healthcare.  Patient scenarios will be presented with an opportunity for audience questions.
Library Building, Room LB14

Monday - March 16, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Dr. Beth Counihan and Ms. Lauren Most (Continuing Education Teacher - CLIP) present: "Perspectives on Living the Good Life"
Participate in an interactive workshop where parallels will be drawn between two texts: the self-help classic "Tuesdays With Morrie" (Albom, 1997) and the Common Read text "Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy" (Spencer-Wendel, 2013).
Library Building, Room LB14

Tuesday - March 17, 2015, 10:10 am to 12:00 noon
Nursing Presentation - Professors Kimberly Ambruso, Georgina Colalillo, Barbara Rome and their students present:  "What Kind of Medical Care Would you Want if you were Too Ill or Hurt to Express your
Wishes?"
In a debate, nursing students will discuss the issues of advanced directives and the importance of spelling out decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.
Library Building, Room LB14 

Tuesday - March 17, 2015, 2:10 pm to 4:00 pm
Dr. Anthony Monahan's class presents:  TBA
RFK Building, Room G201

Wednesday - March 18, 2015, 10:10 am to 11:30 am
Students in Dr. Sara Danzi-Engoron's Genetics Class Present:
"Genes and Disease - How Do Genes Affect My Health?"
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is usually a sporadic disease that is likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. What does this mean exactly? Join us for a presentation about genetic mutations and how they can cause disease. Learn about what genes do and what can happen when things go wrong.
Medical Arts Building, Room 253

Wednesday - March 18, 2015, 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm
Nursing Presentation:  "The Empathy Factor"
Science Building, Room S112 

Thursday - March 19, 2015, 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm
Dr. Isabella Lizzul and Professor Rezan Akpinar present:  "The Healing Power of Touch"
Join us as we learn about both the Eastern and Western point-of-view on healing through touch.  This event will be followed by hands-on presentations of these methods by Massage Therapy students in MC09.
Medical Arts, Room MC21

Friday - March 20, 2015, 12:10 - 2:00 pm
Poetry Reading/Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony
Oakland Dining Room 

Common Read Book Club Dates and Times

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  3:00 to 5:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting I
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Classroom

Wednesday, November 5, 2014  12:10 to 2:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting II

Library Basement, Room 6
Guest Speakers: Dr. Anthony Monahan

Monday, November 17, 2014  3:00 to 5:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting III

Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Classroom

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  3:00 to 5:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting IV

Library Building, Room 313

 

 

 

 


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