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 “Educated: A Memoir” by Dr. Tara Westover as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2018-19.
“Educated” is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
The university will welcome Westover to campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, to deliver a keynote address to members of the Class of 2022. The talk will be open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Educated” 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.
As their first official college assignment, members of St. Bonaventure’s Class of 2022 have been asked to read this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection and then write a reflection on it.
Winners of the Provost's Essay Contest will be invited to a dinner with author Tara Westover and have their work published.
[ Provost's Letter to New Students ]
"Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind…In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her."
"A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle."
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