Members of St. Bonaventure University’s freshman class will showcase more than 100 projects that explore the theme “community” during a one-day campus conference Nov. 16.
The first-year students developed their projects in their SBU 101 class, where they analyzed this year’s All Bonaventure Reads text “Nobody” by Marc Lamont Hill in light of what they have learned about community from the course titled “Community of Learners.”
As part of the class they explored the nature and function of community as well as distinguishing characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional communities. As a culminating project, small teams of students developed presentations for the SBU 101 Community Conference. More than 100 groups will present their work, which includes short films, poster presentations, art pieces and slide shows, and addresses topics such as:
The presentations are scheduled for the following times and locations on Thursday, Nov. 16:
Posters & PowerPoint Presentations
Doyle Dining & Board of Trustees Rooms
The campus community is invited to attend.
In the SBU 101 course, students developed their ideas for their conference presentations then submitted a proposal describing their project and what they hoped to learn. Proposals were evaluated by faculty and staff for constructive feedback. The students made changes and re-submitted a final abstract. This process, in addition to honing their projects, helped introduce students to an experience of academic conferences and abstract writing. The students will be evaluated on the following criteria: reflection on community, connection to All Bonaventure Reads text, evidence of learning, and quality of execution.
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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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