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 “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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