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.

2013-2014 Common Read
Featured text: The Road of Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Approximately forty Queensborough faculty members and their students will read The Road of Lost Innocence in fifty-five classes. These classes will be joined by one high school class from Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School. All students will participate in co-curricular activities.


The Road of Lost Innocence is the true story of Somaly Mam, a brave Cambodian woman who overcame great obstacles and used her experience and strength to help others and stand up for human rights. After escaping a life of abuse and suffering in Cambodian brothels, Mam uses her freedom and strength to rescue hundreds of women and children in similar situations. Once they are free, Mam provides them with shelter, education and job training as well as a community of support and love. Mam's story teaches us all the profound power of perseverance and the hopeful possibility of creating change through education and action.

Common Read Events for Spring 2014

Week 1 Events (March 17 - 21)

Monday - March 17, 2014, 9:10am to 12:00pm
Drop-In Read Aloud

Faculty/Students/Staff are invited to read aloud from the text.
Library Building, Room LB16
S Madera and J Maloy

Tuesday - March 18, 2014, 3:10pm to 5:00pm
Drop-In Read Aloud
Faculty/Students/Staff are invited to read aloud from the text.
Humanities Building, Room H339
S Madera, J Maloy and J Warsi

Wednesday - March 19, 2014, 10:10pm to 12:00pm
Learn How to Empower, Protect, and Stand Up for Yourself

Two Presentations: Bullying, its consequences, and ways to prevent it followed by exploring passive, aggressive and assertive behaviors and the reasons assertive communications are more likely to result in getting needs met and concerns addressed.
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
J. Urciuoli and C. Siporin

Wednesday - March 19, 2014, 12:10pm to 2:00pm
Proclaiming ZERO Tolerance for Violence Against Women
A Nursing symposium focusing on the health care needs of human trafficking victims, through the lens of social, cultural and global perspective.
Science Building, Room S111
J. Molloy, B. Rome, G. Colalillo and B. Blake-Campbell

Thursday - March 20, 2014, 9:10am to 10:00am
Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale

Presentation on Genocide throughout history, focusing on three of the Genocide Panels in the KHRC&A (Asia, Africa and Europe).
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
Guest Speakers: A. Flug and M. Berman

Thursday - March 20, 2014, 11:10pm to 12:00pm
Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale

Presentation on Genocide throughout history, focusing on three of the Genocide Panels in the KHRC&A (Asia, Africa and Europe).
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
Guest Speakers: A. Flug and M. Berman

Friday - March 21, 2014, 10:10am to 2:00pm
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" Documentary Episode I

This documentary follows six actresses turned advocates who each pursue the goal of helping to guide and empower women and girls, facing down heartbreaking challenges and oppression. This episode features Gender-Based Violence (Sierra Leone/Eva Mendes), Sex Trafficking (Cambodia/Meg Ryan) and Education (Vietnam/Gabrielle Union).
Humanities Building, Room H206
S. Madera

Week 2 Events (March 24 - 28)

Monday - March 24, 2014, 10:10am to 12:00pm
Movie "Trade of Innocents"
A 2012 American made independent film, shot on location in Bangkok, Thailand. This film was made to bring awareness and involvement to work against human trafficking.
Library Building, Room LB14
S. Madera

Tuesday - March 25, 2014, 3:10pm to 4:00pm
Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale

Presentation on Genocide throughout history, focusing on three of the Genocide Panels in the KHRC&A (Asia, Africa and Europe).
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
Guest Speakers: A. Flug and M. Berman

Tuesday - March 25, 2014, 5:10pm to 6:00pm
Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale

Presentation on Genocide throughout history, focusing on three of the Genocide Panels in the KHRC&A (Asia, Africa and Europe).
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
Guest Speakers: A. Flug and M. Berman

Wednesday - March 26, 2014, 12:10pm to 2:00pm
The Korean Comfort Woman: Changing History One Story at a Time

Dr. Jimin Kim, Director of the KHRC&A Asian Social Justice Internship will provide comments, a short documentary on Korean Comfort Women will be shown. Steve Cavallo will present on his inspiration to paint the story of the Comfort Women. The exhibit will be on view.
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
Guest Speakers: M. Berman, Dr. Jimin Kim, Steve Cavallo

Wednesday - March 26, 2014, 1:10pm to 3:00pm
Memoir Writing Workshop

Students will respond to writing prompts connected to the book and share them in an intimate workshop environment.
Library Building, Room LB14
J. Childers, A. Cercone and B. Miller

Wednesday - March 26, 2014, 4:10pm to 5:00pm
Human Trafficking: A Violation of Human Rights
Ivy Suriyopas, Staff Attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will discuss human trafficking as a condition in which a person compels another to work against their will throught theuse of force, fraud or coercion. Learn about how to identify trafficking, the remedies that are available to survivors, and proposed policies on how to tackle this violation of human rights.
Library Building, Room LB14
Guest Speaker: I. Suriyopas

Thursday - March 27, 2014, 9:10am to 11:00am
Women Immigrants, their Rights and Challenges Faced after Rescue

Megan Rhoad, Researcher, from the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch will share information about the work that Human Rights Watch does to document abuses of migrant women's rights, including violations related to the immigration enforcement system in the United States and how they advocate for policy changes in the US and around the world that will improve protection of those rights. Sister Kati Hamm will share how the LifeWay Network collaborates to combat human trafficking through safe housing and education.
Library Building, Room LB14
Guest Speakers: M. Rhoad, Sister K. Hamm

Friday - March 28, 2014, 10:10am to 2:00pm
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" Documentary Episode II

This documentary follows six actresses turned advocates who each pursue the goal of helping to guide and empower women and girls, facing down heartbreaking challenges and oppression. This episode features Maternal Mortality (Somaliland/Diane Lane), Intergenerational Prostitution (India/America Ferrera) and Economic Empowerment (Kenya/Olivia Wilde).
Humanities Building, Room H206
S. Madera

Week 3 Events (March 31 - April 3)

Monday - March 31, 2014, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Somaly Mam as a Bodhisattva
A bodhisatva is an ordinary person who takes up a course of selfless service in one's life. In Buddhism, a bodhisatva is an enlightened being who has undergone many stages of suffering and has ultimately reached a sublime state. Motivated by great compassion toward others, a bodhisatva embraces qualities like self-sacrifice and determination to free others from suffering.
Library Building, Room LB14
M. Tarafdar

Tuesday - April 1, 2014, 12:10pm to 2:00pm
Movie "Trade of Innocents"
A 2012 American made independent film, shot on location in Bangkok, Thailand. This film was made to bring awareness and involvement to work against human trafficking.
Library Building, Room LB14
S. Madera

Wednesday - April 2, 2014, 12:10pm to 1:15pm
Using Mindful Meditation to Help You Cope with Difficult Emotions

We all at times experience emotions that can get in the way of working towards our goals. Trauma, anxiety and depressed feelings all have a way of "taking over" our minds. In this workshop you will learn mindful strategies to help you better tolerate your emotions, so that you can focus your mind on achieving your goals.
RFK Building, Room G201/202
C. Diamond-Feldman

Wednesday - April 2, 2014, 12:10pm to 2:00pm
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors
FBI Victim Specialist Laura Riso andDepartment of Homeland Security Victim Assistance Specialist Tenaz Dubash will present on the exploitation of minors in the sex trafficking trade and share information about what is being done to support victims of this crime.
Science Building, Room S111
Guest Speakers: L. Riso and T. Dubash

Thursday - April 3, 2014, 10:10am to 12:00pm
Examining Human Rights Issues with the Lens of Statistics

Students from a Computer Assisted Statistics class apply what they learn to examine several human rights issues and present their findings to their peers and students from a local high school.
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, 202L Gallery
M. Franco

Thursday - April 3, 2014, 10:30am to 12:00pm
Human Rights Violations of Ethiopian Domestic Workers

Violence against women and children has been part of all societies for centuries.  Regardless of how far society has advanced, violence still persists.  Enslaving women and children is big business in this century.  Nancy Salamone, Director of The Business of Me, will discuss forms of modern-day slavery and abuses against women. Zewditu Fesseha, Founder of the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee, will discuss human rights issues related to Ethiopian domestic workers in the gulf states.  She will describe the labor issues and abuses that many female Ethiopian workers face and will argue the importance of educating the public on these human rights violations. Medical Arts Building, Room M136
Guest Speakers:  N. Salamone and Z. Fesseha

Thursday - April 3, 2014, 1:10pm to 2:00pm
Human Trafficking in our Own Backyard

New York State Senator Jose Peralta will join us to speak about human trafficking going on right here on Roosevelt Avenue and in the New York area.
Medical Arts Building, Room M136
Guest Speaker: Senator Jose Peralta

Common Read Book Club Past Dates and Times

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:10 to 2:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting I
KHRC&A (Exhibition Area)
Guest Speakers: Arthur Flug, Anita Ferdenzi and Gina Capozzoli

October 3 through October 29
Opportunity for faculty to meet within their departments

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:10 to 2:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting II

KHRC&A (Gallery Room)
Guest Speakers: Josephine Pantaleo and Meg Tarafdar

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:10 to 2:00 pm
Common Read Book Club Meeting III

KHRC&A (Exhibition Area)

Writing Contest

Writing Contest
Spring 2014
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Submission Requirements: Submissions should address one of the major themes, events,
or issues raised in The Road of Lost Innocence.
Submissions Due: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Winners Announced: Monday, May 5, 2014
Winners’ Reception: 12:10-2:00pm, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (Room A-204)
1st Place Winner (in each category): $100gift card to Barnes and Noble
2nd Place Winner (in each category): $75 gift card to Barnes and Noble
Categories: Creative or research-based submissions will be accepted for the contest.
Creative writing includes the following: poem, short story, play, monologue, lyrics, memoir, or
creative non-fiction piece (no more than 8 pages or 2000 words and/or an excerpt from a longer
work).
Research-based writing must be in essay form and include at least 2 sources and a works cited page
in APA, MLA, or Chicago style (no more than 8 pages or 2000 words).
Each student may only submit one piece of original writing to Professor Jennifer Maloy
(jmaloy@qcc.cuny.edu) or Professor Cheryl Comeau-Kirschner
(ccomeaukirschner@qcc.cuny.edu). Submissions must include the student’s name, phone
number, and a short explanation of how the submission connects to the book.