QCC Common Read Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Welcome to the third Read of the Common Read for 2013-2014 Academic year. 
The chosen text is The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam.

Common Read Events, Spring 2014 Dates

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This year Common Read Events are schedule as follows

Monday - March 17, 2014 [ Read Aloud ]

Tuesday - March 18, 2014 [ Read Aloud ]

Wednesday - March 19, 2014 [ Proclaiming ZERO Tolerance for Violence Against Women ]

Thursday - March 20, 2014 [ Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale ]

Friday - March 21, 2014 ["Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" Documentary Episode]

Monday - March 24, 2014 [ Movie "Trade of Innocents" ]

Tuesday - March 25, 2014 [ Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale ]

Wednesday - March 26, 2014 [ Memoir Writing Workshope ]

Wednesday - March 26, 2014 [ Human Rights Violations on a Global Scale ]

Thursday - March 27, 2014 [ Women Immigrants, their Rights and Challenges Faced after Rescue]

Friday - March 28, 2014 ["Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" Documentary Episode II ]

Tuesday - April 1, 2014 [ Movie "Trade of Innocents" ]

Wednesday - April 2, 2014 [ The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors]

For full date and time, click here.

For more information, please contact Susan Madera, Academic Program Manager, High Impact Practices, who is the lead for this project.

 


Common Read Book Club Fall 2013 Dates

Common Read Book CLub meetings for Fall 2013:

September 25, 2013 [ Common Read Open House at the KHRC&A exhibition Area ]

October 2, 2013 [ Common Read Book Club Meeting I at the KHRC&A Gallery Room ]

October 30, 2013 [ Common Read Book Club Meeting II at the KHRC&A Gsllery Room ]

November 6, 2013 [ Common Read Book Club Meeting III KHRC&A at the CETL Computer Lab L313]

For more information, please contact Susan Madera, Academic Program Manager, High Impact Practices, who is the lead for this project.

 

Approximately forty Queensborough faculty members and their students will read The Road of Lost Innocence and participate in activities.  It 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 brothers, 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.

 

 

 

 

QCC Common Read 2013

The second Read of the Common Read for 2012-2013 Academic year.  The chosen text is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

>> Know more about our Writing Contest and prizes <<

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The year-long programming of the QCC Common Read kicked off with the first meeting of the QCC Common Read Book Club on October 3, 2012. The book discussion, led by Dr. Joan Dupre, was attended by 31 faculty members from various disciplines including CLIP (CUNY Language Immersion Program) and Bayside High School. Over the next two weeks faculty met three additional times to discuss the text, make cross-curricular connections and brainstorm for events that will take place in the spring.

Although they are no longer meeting in person, Common Read Book Club members are meeting virtually in their Epsilen Group. This meeting space provides resources via Quicklinks, Drop Boxes, a Calendar and Forums to share updated information with group members. Several events are already scheduled for the spring semester and many more are still in the planning stages. Please click here for a list of scheduled events.

For more information, please contact Susan Madera, Academic Specialist for High Impact Practices, who is the lead for this project.

The OASL is supporting the efforts of the Common Read. This year’s Common Read book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Please contact the OASL at servicelearning@qcc.cuny.edu or 718.281.5612 to discuss possible service-learning project ideas related to the book.

 

Common Read Writing Contest Event Schedule
Based Upon The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2013

 

Monday, January 28 First Day of Classes 
Week of February 18 Distribute creative non-fiction essay assignment 
Week of February 25 Creative non-fiction essay first draft due 
Friday, March 8 All entries due to professor or English Dept. 
Thursday, March 22 Short list entries due to judges 
March 25 - April 2 Spring Break
Tuesday, April 2-Tuesday, April 9 Judges meet to select final winners
Wednesday, April 10 Winners contacted
Friday, April 26 Awards Event, 12 noon to 2 pm, S112

 

Contest Category Overview

Category Description  Prizes
     
Creative Non-Fiction Essay See details First   $125
Second $75
Poetry Poem of 12 lines or more
Subject related to race or health
First    $100
Second $50
Short story Three double-spaced pages
Subject related to race or health
First    $100
Second $50

Note:  All prizes are Amazon.com gift cards.

(Contest open to current QCC students only)

Overview
In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot uses many forms of research to find out who was the person from whom the HeLa cells were gathered and what happened to her and her family: She meets with doctors, scientists and members of Henrietta’s family, analyzes medical data, gathers material from archives, gains access to Henrietta’s medical records, and reviews previous articles published. Throughout the process of gathering this external research, Skloot emphasizes her own point of view, personal motivations and the journey her life takes in her search for answers to the many questions of the HeLa story. 

The Assignment
Your assignment is to write a non-fiction essay that emphasizes your own experience in doing research. This essay will enable you to discuss your personal role in uncovering information, write creative description and narration and convince readers of your own informed point of view.

THREE SAMPLE QUESTIONS (CAN BE FURTHER PERSONALIZED BY INSTRUCTOR)

#1) Find out additional information about an acquaintance or family member who grew up during a different time period or is originally from a different country. What was her life like? What were her challenges? How was this research experience similar to or different from what Skloot reports she went through when she was trying to understand details about Henrietta Lacks’ history?

#2) Find out additional information about a job you are interested in pursuing. Interview someone who holds such a position (or similar one). What are the requirements, challenges and rewards of such a job? Have your goals changed since finding out this information? Did you have a similar experience to what Skloot reported when she first learned about Henrietta Lacks?

#3) Participate in a cultural event that is different from your own. What are the traditions of food, dress, celebration, family relationships and religious observance (if a religious culture)? How are they different than yours? What do you learn about your own culture observing these differences? Compare your experience to what Skloot went through when she observed the difference between the “”White Lackses” and the “Black Lackses.”

#4) Evaluate an interaction between a medical professional and a patient. Compare this interaction to what Skloot writes about Henrietta’s or Deborah’s experiences. Has the medical profession changed since Henrietta’s treatment? Why do you think these changes have occurred? Are there additional changes that need to be made?

Format
3-4 pages, typed as a word document, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font. 

Note
All entries must contain student telephone numbers.