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 2020 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
Week of Welcome: A ball-pit with signs to invite students to engage in converstation
'in the pit'
August 21 & 22 from 12-2 PM on the Blue Ridge Lawn and all week (August 19-23)
in the ICA Gallery in the UC.
- We Need to Talk
Continue the conversation about topics that matter as you engage with peers
in the Conversation Pit.
Conversation topics will change weekly.
Hosted by Intercultural Affairs.
August 19th through September 27th - ICA Gallery.
- Amendment 28
What do you care enough about to do something about? Join this dynamic student workshop and learn how
to pass legislation on an Environmentalism Issue or other topic that inspires your
passion. Successful teams
will be encouraged to submit ideas to appropriate granting organizations on campus.
Registration required with lunch provided.
Saturday, September 21st 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. - Blue Ridge Conference Room
- Addiction Town Hall
An on-campus opiod & addiction town hall disccussion featuring two national
several NC and WNC leaders including WCU Faculty.
October 3 10:00 am-2:30 PM-UC Grandroom
- A Conversation with Celeste Headlee
A facilitated conversation with the author, followed by a reception and book
October 28th at 6:00 PM-UC Grandroom
- We Need to Talk Town Hall
This Town Hall meeting will feature invited guests from the science and business
community for a
moderated discussion about enviromental sustainability.
November 5 from 6-8 pm - Blue Ridge Conference Room
- We Need to Talk Town Hall
This Town Hall meeting will feature invited guests involved with policy and
legislation for a moderated
Date and location TBA.
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!
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.