Book-in-Common

Lack Family Visit

Why A Book-in-Common?

The Book-in-Common program is a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead in a diverse and complex world.  The program will promote an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.  In addition, it supports University initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.

 

 

 

 

 

Common Reading Programs

  • intellectually engage students on a variety of social issues and diverse perspectives related to values and ethics
  • foster a sense of intellectual community throughout the university
  • engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside of the classroom
  • provide opportunities for increased interaction among students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Fall 2019 Essay Contest

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to write a 1,000 word essay responding to the following prompt:

“Henrietta Lacks was a woman who unknowingly shaped our world and, unbeknownst to her, impacted all of our lives. Her legacy has transformed the world by contributing to the health and healing of everyone. In thinking about the importance of leaving a legacy and contributing to the betterment of the world, consider:

  • What you want your legacy to be?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • What steps do you need to take now to cement your legacy?”

Essays are due Friday, September 27, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. at bookincommon@twu.edu.

Essays must include the appropriate submission form:

2019 Undergraduate Essay Contest Submission Form
2019 Graduate Essay Contest Submission Form
2019 Faculty and Staff Essay Contest Submission Form

Prizes

Undergraduate student first place winner will receive $150 sponsored by the English Chapter of the TWU Alumni Association.

Undergraduate student second place winner will receive $75 bookstore gift certificate sponsored by the Book-in-Common program.

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Graduate student first place winner will receive $150 sponsored by the English Chapter of the TWU Alumni Association.

Graduate student second place winner will receive $75 bookstore gift certificate sponsored by the Book-in-Common program.

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Faculty first place winner will receive $150 bookstore gift certificate sponsored by the Book-in-Common program.

Faculty second place winner will receive $75 bookstore gift certificate sponsored by the Book-in-Common program.

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Staff first place winner will receive $150 bookstore gift certificate sponsored by the Book-in-Common program.

Staff second place winner will receive $75 bookstore gift certificate sponsored by the Book-in-Common program.

Awards Reception

Please plan to attend the Essay Contest Awards Reception on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Student Union. (Jeri Lacks Whye and David Lacks Jr. will be in attendance.)

Book-in-Common Fall 2019 Programming

  • Get Out Screening, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m., CFO 204
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Screening, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:30 p.m., CFO 204

Lacks Family Visit, Thursday, October 17, 2019:

  • Essay Contest Reception, 12:00 noon, SU 207
  • Family Discussion, 5:00 p.m., MCL 101


Resources

http://twu-bic.weebly.com/


Contact Us

Dr. Theresa Lindsay
Director, Learning Success Programs
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 226
(940) 898-4113
tlindsay1@twu.edu

For additional faculty resources:

Dr. Jörg Waltje
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
SH 302
(940) 898-3426
jwaltje@twu.edu

Page last updated 11:24 AM, September 4, 2019