Many colleges and universities have implemented common reading programs for college freshmen. Many times, it is up to the libraries discretion as to what book is chosen for this program. Sometimes libraries themselves initiated the common reading program, other times it was a joint effort to collaborate with a curriculum initiative or orientation. Both are valid and effective ways to implement common reading programs.
In some cases, books are sent to the students beforehand; other times students purchase the book on their own before coming to campus. The majority of the schools tie the program to a freshman, first year-first experience program or a new student orientation. There are some that are also used in traditional courses, but this is not standard and is usually something that the teaching faculty does on their own.
[...] It is not preaching, it is not disproportionate hype or propaganda, and it is not written in such a way that it could be construed as uncomfortable to read. While some individuals are uncomfortable hearing about sexual violation against women, it is another one of the dehumanizing facts of being homeless. However this topic is only touched upon very, very briefly as a relatable fact but not as a disturbance for disturbance sake. One such case of controversial literature in a common reading piece is Alice Walker's, The Color Purple1. [...]
[...] Tell Them Who I Am however doesn't contain any uncomfortable topics that could be deemed as controversial thereby unleashing criticism of the university who chooses it. The academic value of this book is vastly imperative not only to those who read it and are taught by it but important to those who are the instructors as well. This is the kind of book that you carry with you long after the reading is at completion. This would be great for several different departments to incorporate into their common readership. [...]
[...] Section Three:: Analytical Procedures As I previously stated, I originally planned to recommend Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women by Elliot Liebow as a specialized reading group. My intention was to have social workers or mental health professionals incorporate this into their reading. After further consideration, I have chosen to recommend it for common reading. This book gives an honest and real approach to the causes of homelessness. It dispels the myths and stereotypes that homelessness is caused by laziness, apathy, or drug use. [...]
[...] Budget Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women Bookstore New: 16.001 Discount New: 10.882 Discount Used: 2.223 Dark Days documentary Individuals Cost: 14.98 new used5 University Cost: 240.006 Homeless in Paradise University Cost: 240.007 Faces of Homeless I Cost: 20.008 Faces of Homeless II Cost: 20.009 Lecturer Cost: Karen Streeter Travel Expenses from Kansas City, MO Charitable Donation to Sheffield Place House(opt) Pam Clary 0.00 1 Barnes and Noble bookstore 2 Amazon.com 3 Amazon.com 4 Amazon.com 5 Amazon.com 6 New Day Films; www.newday.com/films 7 New Day Films; www.newday.com/films 8 www.nationalhomeless.org 9 www.nationalhomeless.org Section Five:: Proposal Direction V. [...]
[...] Documentaries will include Homeless in Paradise by Chuck Braverman and Marilyn Braverman; Dark Days by Marc Singer and Ben Freedman; and filmstrips Faces of Homelessness I & II2. Lectures will be held in an auditorium of the Blume building. The filmstrips and documentaries will be shown in the classrooms. 1 “Common Reading Programs” by Andi Twiton, January 2007. Gustavus Adolphus College Faces of Homelessness I and Faces of Homelessness II is a 10 minute and 13 minute filmstrip respectively. These are created and generated by the National Coalition for the Homeless. [...]
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