Common Reading Program


Throughout the academic year there will be events and opportunities for involvement in experiences related to the book and themes related to it. Examples of events include: faculty and community lecture series, community service opportunities and book discussions. Visit this page for ongoing updates to our schedule of events.

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Sherman Alexie Guest Speaking at SCSU

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Stewart Hall, Ritsche Auditorium

Free Tickets for SCSU Students, Faculty & Staff with SCSU ID

$5.00 Tickets for Non-Students

You've read the book - now come to meet the author!

Sherman Alexie, the author of our 2011-2012 common reading book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will be visiting St. Cloud State University as a guest speaker on February 22nd. In his lecture, “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World," Alexie will discuss some of the issues addressed in his book. After his lecture, Alexie will do a book signing, so bring your copy of his book. If you do not have a copy of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, arrive early to the lecture. The first 50 people will receive one copy free!

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Common Reading Book Discussion

July 13, 10:00 a.m. - noon, Atwood Oak Room

Common Reading Book Discussion

August 3, 2-4:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall Isabelle Room

Orientation Facilitator Meeting

Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Stewart Hall 104

Orientation Book Talks

Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with Orientation Groups

Common Reading Program Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 2:00-3:00 p.m., Atwood Memorial Center - Voyageurs

Don't Read This Book! Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:00-8:00 p.m., Miller Center 122 (Auditorium)

The Historical Context for a "Part-Time Indian"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 4:00-5:00 p.m., Atwood Memorial Center - Voyageurs

Dr. Rob Galler, History Department

Arnold Spirit Jr.’s Historical Predecessors and What College Students Can Learn From Them

This presentation will examine how Arnold Spirit Jr.’s experiences in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian relate to similar situations faced by prominent tribal members in the late 19th and 20th centuries. In the process, students may consider how the experiences of leaving familiar surroundings and challenging one’s self in a new setting relate to their own lives.

Words That Wound

October 19, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Atwood Theatre

Dr. Heather W. Hackman, Associate Professor

Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education

Is it PC, just semantics, or is there something deeply important about the power of language in our society? This talk will address the above question from a social justice perspective and consider the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that language can either reinforce troubling dynamics in our society or support a safer, more just way of being in the world.

Essay Competition and Scholarship Winners

The Common Reading Essay and Scholarship Competition based upon The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian essays were due October 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM. Winners who were announced the week of November 1, 2011:

1st Place - Brittney Anderson - $500 Scholarship and an e-reader

2nd Place - Brooke Goldschmidt - $250 Scholarship and a collection of Alexie's other works

3rd Place - Valerie Krueger - $150 Scholarship

4th Place - Marc Aurel Kamsu Tennou - $150 Scholarship

Runners Up - Kelsey Nagel and Andrea Undis