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 University has selected “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” by Jose Antonio Vargas as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2019-2020.
“Dear America” tells the story of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and his journey through life as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. With passion and ambition, Vargas expresses what it means to be an illegal citizen in a time where fear for being deported is at its highest.
The book also allows readers to stand in Vargas’ shoes and understand life’s biggest difficulties when becoming a legal citizen is no longer an option.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Dear America” during Orientation and be asked to read the book and write an essay reflecting on it as their first college assignment. Students will be engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their first-year seminar course, SBU 101, and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
“l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.”
— Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins
“This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.”
— Dave Eggers, New York Timesbestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha
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