About the Book:
This book is not about public speaking. It is about mastering the art of civil discourse,
about reconnecting with our humanity - one to one.
- Conversation is a survival skill.
- Listen! Sometimes we shouldn't talk.
- Empathy is vital to successful conversation.
- Meaningful connection requires an investment of time.
The 2019 Selection Committee
“In order to have important conversations, you will sometimes have to check your opinions
at the door. There is no belief so strong that it cannot be set aside temporarily
in order to learn from someone who disagrees. Don’t worry; your beliefs will still
be there when you’re done.”
--- Celeste Headlee
CALENDAR of EVENTS for ONE BOOK 2019-2020
SIGNATURE PROGRAMS - EVENTS-SPEAKERS
Designed with a focus on the power of conversation and civil discourse, sponsored
programs will illuminate the interconnected and limitless potential of scholarship,
creative and critical thinking, and problem solving skills that invite diverse perspectives.
- The Conversation Pit
A ball-pit designed to invite students to engage in conversations ‘in the pit’
Week of Welcome activity
Times & Location TBA
- A Conversation with Celeste Headlee
A conversation with the author, followed by a reception and book signing.
Monday, October 28th at 6:00 PM
UC Grand Room
- Interviewing Techniques Workshop Series
Facilitated by the Communication Department
- Department Panel Discussion Series
Join us as participating departments host a series of panel discussions designed to
exemplary civial discourse about topics that matter within and beyond their discipline.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Campus Theme and other points of connection
Many programs are being designed to help students make the valuable connection between
the book and the theme, both flagship programs are defined as Common Intellectual
Experiences, one of ten High Impact Practices defined by AAC&U. Please visit this
link often for updates and additions!
- How to Pass Legislations on an Environmental Issue
A one-day workshop for students.
- Participatory Budget Process
Student teams discover the ins and outs of the politics and negotiation tactics and
learn the communication and conversation skills required for a success.
The mission of the One Book program is to engage first-year students, as well as the
campus community, in a common intellectual experience that promotes critical thinking
and interdisciplinary conversation. This experience will allow participants to strengthen
academic skills, create connections with peers, instructors, and community members,
and relate universal themes to personal experience and identity. The program seeks
to reflect WCU’s core values and responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.
One Book committee members will serve as ambassadors who aid in integrating reading
selection themes into course curricula, campus events, service learning opportunities,
and departmental goals. The selection committee comprises individuals from across
campus, ensuring that values and views of all academic units are considered and represented.
The One Book Experience Will:
- Introduce clear expectations of academic performance and engagement
- Create opportunities to reveal and explore notions of community
- Reflect the University’s mission and core values
- Integrate book themes into course curricula, particularly transition course curricula
- Encourage interaction among peers, instructors, campus and local community members
- Foster interdisciplinary discourse and partnership
- Offer diverse perspectives and cultural exploration
- Stimulate student self-discovery and personal development
- Inspire participation and support from faculty and administrators by clearly conveying
the book’s relevance to the academic experience and student enrichment.