Ten St. Bonaventure University freshmen were recognized Monday as winners of the 2016 Provost’s Essay Content, held annually in conjunction with the All Bonaventure Reads initiative.
As their first official college assignment, members of St. Bonaventure’s Class of 2020 were asked to read this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland” and then write a reflection on it.
Ten top essays were chosen to be published in a hardcover keepsake book for each student and a copy was provided to ABR author Dan Barry during his visit to campus Monday, Sept. 26. The essay winners had dinner with the author prior to his keynote address to more than 650 people.
The winning essayists are James Carlin, a management major from Elma, N.Y.; Nolan Ditcher, a management major from Randolph, N.Y.; Tanya Gupta, a biology major from South Setauket, N.Y.; Morgan Hoffman, a marketing major from Warsaw, N.Y.; Nikita Immaneni, a biology major from Tempe, Ariz.; Amber Levias, a journalism and mass communication major from Rochester, N.Y.; Joseph Malafronte, an English major from Danville, Pa.; Linh Anh Nguyen, a cybersecurity major from Viet Nam; Matthew Tyssee, a biology major from San Diego, Calif.; and Nicholas Ventura, an education major from Cleveland, Ohio.
To read the essays, visit www.sbu.edu/AllBonaventureReads.
Barry graduated in 1980 from St. Bonaventure with a major in journalism and a minor in English. He is a longtime columnist and reporter at the New York Times.
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St. Bonaventure has chosen the nonfiction book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson as its common read for 2015-2016. This All Bonaventure Reads selection explores the inequity embedded in the U.S. criminal justice system.
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” was released in October and focuses mainly on the work of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., a legal practice Stevenson founded as a young lawyer that is dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need.
One of Stevenson’s first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. It transformed the lawyer’s understanding of mercy and justice forever and illustrates numerous ongoing challenges in work advocating for social justice.
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7 p.m. | Monday, Oct. 26
Address by: Anthony Ray Hinton (above, right), an exonerated death row inmate, and Charlotte Morrison, senior attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative
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