This week in brief

Monday, January 14
No events scheduled.

Tuesday, January 15
11:30 - 11:50 AM – Reflections Tim Hiller, Center for Vocational Reflection Staff
Ascension Chapel - Founders Hall

Wednesday, January 16
7:00 PM Callie Crossley – Free Lecture
Wallenburg Hall in Denkmann
"Why Should Politics Matter to Young People?"

Thursday, January 17
10:30 11:30 AM – Teaching Circle Session for New Faculty
Dahl Room
Teaching Portfolios

4:00 PM Reception in Honor of the New Exhibit in Special Collections
Special Collections, First Floor,
Thomas Tredway Library

Friday, January 18
3:30 5:30 PM – Friday Conversations – John Pfautz and Marsha Smith
Wilson Center
"CIEE Presentations"

Saturday, January 19
1:00 PM Flute Master Class – Elizabeth McCafferty Plunk of the
U.S. Marine Band

Wallenberg Hall

7:00 PM – Quad City Arts Event:
Classical Jam
Wallenberg Hall

7:00 PM – Westbrook Singers to
Keynote Annual Martin Luther
King, Jr. Commemoration

Centennial Hall

Sunday, January 20
No events scheduled.









Volume 5, Issue 15• January 14, 2008

A Message From Academic Affairs

The Augie Reads Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals is the 2008-2009 title for the first year summer reading.

A member of the Little Rock Nine, Beals compellingly tells the story of these courageous students through the lens of her own experience--why they volunteered to be the first black students in an all-white school, what kept them going in the face of unrelenting physical and mental harassment, and how the experience affected their entire lives. In clear, composed prose, Beals describes her mother and grandmother’s belief in what she was doing and how their support strengthened her resolve, and one white student’s help in the face of other students’ dangerous plans to sabotage the integration. Readers experience a “you were there” feeling as Beals tells her story using her journal as well as newspaper articles she clipped and saved during the experience . As the reader’s anguish increases, so does Beals’ superhuman courage and dignity. You can’t help but revere this brave young girl.

Although many of our students may be horrified to learn about this episode in American history—50 years ago—similar episodes occur today, such as the Jena Six event in Louisiana this very year. Issues the book raises include racism, affirmative action, faith, community, courage, protest, family, and vocation. We believe that the book will be engaging for first-year students and applicable to many areas of the first year program and to other courses throughout the college curriculum.

Augie Reads Selection Committee
Mari Rogal, Chair


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