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 “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by Marc Lamont Hill as its common read for 2017-2018.
“Nobody” considers a string of high-profile deaths in America and incidents of gross negligence by the government.
To make his case, Hill recounts the details of tragedies like the death of Michael Brown and draws upon first-hand reporting and careful historical analysis to show how the “Nobody” class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit this group in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.
First-year students will receive copies of “Nobody” during orientation in July and are asked to read the book prior to the start of the fall semester. Students are engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their SBU101 course and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
The university will welcome Hill to campus Monday, Sept. 25, for the ABR 2017 Keynote Address.
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