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
View videos from the Author's talk
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 p.m. 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 topics will change weekly.
Hosted by Intercultural Affairs.
August 19th through September 27th - ICA Gallery.
- One Book + One Look + Listen
Resounding Change: Sonic Art And The Environment
Featuring contemporary artists who explore environmental issues through sound. The
works in the exhibition, which range from a large-scale video installation to more
intimate encounters with sound, ask questions about listening, ecology, empathy,
climate change, and more.
Exhibition: August 20-December 6, 2019 Fine Art Musem
Reception: August 22 5:00-7:00 p.m.
- Opioid & Addiction Crisis Town Hall
WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise (CSFE) is teaming up with Jackson County
Community Foundation (JCCF) to organize an awareness campaign for September, 2019,
capped off by a town hall event on October 3 on WCU’s main campus in Cullowhee, NC.
Registration required, box lunch is provided. Register
October 3 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.-UC Grandroom
- A Conversation with Celeste Headlee
In partnership with The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise
A facilitated conversation with the author, followed by a reception and book signing.
View video clips from the Author's visit Here.
A degree plus event.
October 28th at 6:00 p.m.-UC Grandroom
- Pecha Kucha Night on the Impacts of Climate Change
We need to talk
about climate change and its impacts. These are lightening talks and a panel where
you can come learn about climate change and its impacts on a range of fields and disciplines.
CONNECTIONS: A Degree Plus event; Campus Theme Program; Lily Award Program; Personal Development Plan Program for the Costa Rica
Tuesday-November 5, 2019 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Conference Room
- Managerial Communication Workshop with Keynote Speaker Katheleen Osta
Kathleen Osta, President of Vital Clarity, will lead a professional development workshop. She
will be discussing effective managerial communication strategies.
November 11, 2019 from 6:00-8:50 p.m. at Bilmore Park Room 346
- History of the Present: Debt and Violence in Latin America's Current Crisis
This talk will aim to explain why we need effective conversations and communication
around critical issues and how those who are oppressed may feel the "need to talk"
about their problems as a way to cope with the past and move forward to a brigher
future. more information
December 5, 2019 at 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Forsyth 213
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.
February 29, 2020
Location and time TBA. When the details are confirmed, we will update with the details
Stay tuned for more details and registration link here.
Communication Workshop Series
Join us for these interactive workshops designed and facilitated by the Communications
Department Faculty. Student participants will engage in topics that are relevant and
important. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required.
We Need to Talk...About Sex: How to talk about sex with your partner
Facilitated by Dr. Candy Noltensmeyer and Professor Shelby Brobert.
November 5, 2019
University Center Multipurpose Room
Let's talk about conflict resolution: How to have conversations that remain civil
Facilitated by Dr. Scott Eldredge and Professor Tamera Cole.
April 1, 2020
University Center Multipurpose Room.
Let's talk: How to have the conversation on mental health
Facilitated by Dr. Cindy Noltensmeyer and Dr. Scott Eldredge
Coming spring semester, 2020.
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