23 Mar

Housatonic Community College ‘One Book, One College’ Features Month-long Events


Books are a standard component of a college education, but HCC has taken the concept to another dimension and in the fall of 2015 the committee composed of HCC Professors Rebecca Adams, Karyn Smith, Kristen Carley, and Steve Mark; Librarians Jennifer Lutris and Peter Everett, and Counselor Marilyn Wehr asked all HCC faculty, staff and students to read Laura McBride’s novel, “We Are Called to Rise.” The book became required in several classes across the HCC curriculum.

Multiple copies were available in the HCC Library and in the college bookstore. The sign-up list for Inter-Library loan grew. “We are Called to Rise” is a story about families in Nevada, but the issues are those of America today where cultures and points of view collide and co-exist. It relates how a split-second mistake can affect so many and, in this case, how it caused strangers to rise to extraordinary challenges and care for one another.

The HCC faculty from across the curriculum applied the story to specific areas of study during the fall and spring semesters. A highlight of the year-long One Book, One College takes place on Wednesday, March 30, when “We Are Called to Rise” author Laura McBride will be at HCC to read from, and discuss, her novel and sign copies.

Themes raised in “We Are Called to Rise” were discussed at HCC on March 28th. The public was invited at no charge.

Monday, March 28th, at 12:30, English Professors Rebecca Adams and Ellie Bloom discussed the social issues raised in the novel.

Wednesday, March 30th, at 12:30 p.m. author Laura McBride was on the HCC campus to discuss her debut novel “We Are Called to Rise.” Click here to view a slideshow of the event.

Thursday, April 7th at 2 p.m., Psychology Professor Tonya Rondinone discussed the reality of Post-Traumatic Stress as opposed to what is commonly believed in the popular culture.

Wednesday, April 13th at 11 a.m., Business Professors Pam Pirog, Mary Ann Vlahac, and Bernard Pasierb explored entrepreneurial personalities, and essential business knowledge and passion.

Other events coming up include:

Monday, April 18th at 12:30 p.m., Marilyn Albrecht, HCC’s title IX Coordinator will discuss domestic violence.

Monday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m., Criminal Justice Professor Joanne Anzenberger discuses police use of deadly force.

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