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Common Read 2017: Books

Resources to support the Common Read for 2017, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem


9/5 - Common Read Kickoff - 7 pm, Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union

A highly interactive, New York-style examination of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem and this year's themes of PEACE: Perseverance, Exploration, Awareness, Community, Empathy.


9/8 -  Common Read Film: The Visitor - 7 pm, Rotunda D

A screening of award winning film The Visitor leads to a greater awareness of the Muslim identity and empathy towards the immigrant community in the United States.  Co-sponsored by SDSU Weekend Stuff and SDSU Global Studies Club.


9/20 - Culture of Health Panel - 7 pm, Rotunda D


9/25 - Student Panel - 7 pm, Volstorff Ballroom

SDSU students will share their storis, bringing a campus perspective and points of connection with How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America.


9/28 - Writing Workshop - 7 pm, Wagner Hall 124

This hands-on session introduces participants to written journaling as a means of exploration and discovery of both self and the world around us.  It includes support for the efficacy of journaling as well as sample methods and examples.  Participants should bring a journal and pen.


10/4 - Muslim Media Event - 7 pm, the Islamic Society of Brookings

Free speech, free thinking, free food.  Professional and student journalists will come together with members of the Brookings community to discuss the practical and ethical issues in reporting on the world's second-biggest religion.  Participation is limited to first 60 participants.  Co-sponsored by The Islamic Society of Brookings, The Society of Professional Journalists, and SDSU Student Media.


10/8 - Human Rights Commission Diversity Potluck - 5-7 pm, McCrory Gardens

This event celebrates the diversity of the Brookings and SDSU community.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item that is representative of their heritage and a nonperishable donation for the food pantry.  Dr. Nathan Ziegler will present on his new role as the Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity and new initiatives planned at the university.  Sponsored by the Brookings Human Rights Commission.


10/17 - Common Read Dialogue:  Power of Perspective - 7pm, Wagner Hall 127

Students will engage in a series of scenarios related to the themes of the Common Read, highlighting how our perspectives, policies, and programs at SDSU can influence our thoughts and actions within the Brookings, national, and global community.

10/23 - Religious Pluralism in America - 6-6:30 pm Refeshments, 6:30 pm panel, City Council Chambers in Brookings City-County Government Building

Community members representing various faiths will provide an overview of their faith and answer questions related to their religious experience in the community.  Faiths represented will include Baha'i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Society of Friends, and traditional American Indian spiritual practices.  A short question and answer session will follow.  Sponsored by the Brookings Human Rights Commission and Brookings Interfaith Council.


11/1 - UPC Speaker:  Noor Tagouri - 7 pm, Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union

Noor Tagouri shares a universally powerful message of acceptance and embracing individuality in a multi-cultural society.  As she continues to break barriers with gusto, Noor inspires audiences to pursue their passions, stay ture to their identity, embrace their differences, and let their light shine.  Sponsored by the SDSU University Program Council.


11/2 - Griffith Honors Forum Lecture featuring Moustafa Bayoumi - 7 pm, Larson Memorial Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center

Award-winning writer, professor of English at Brooklyn College, and author of our thought-provoking Common Read, Moustafa Bayoumi will share his story at the Griffith Honors Forum Lecture. Free tickets required for admission will be available on the Common Read page of the SDSU website beginning October 1 at 12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College and the Griffith Honors Endowment.



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