For its second year, Volunteer State Community College welcomes One Book, One Community. One Book, One Community is a partnership between the Vol State Thigpen Library and the public libraries of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland, and White House.
New York Times bestseller “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” written by Wes Moore is the selection of 2015.
It explores the life of young Moore and is often relatable to urban America.
It follows the life and the struggles of inner city kids, from drugs and abuse, all the way to absent parents and lack of structure.
Since being published in April of 2010, this book has become an urban American phenomenon, with Moore being placed on Ebony’s Annual Power 100 List, and now hosting Beyond Belief on Oprah’s Own Network.
Now this book is gaining popularity all over the world, and sparked an interest in Cindy Chanin, assistant professor of English, who referred Vol State to the book.
Moore’s story may have started in Maryland, but now it has reached the desks of local students and our community.
Kay Grossberg, associate professor of English, is one of eight who are teaching this book this year.
“One Book, One Community is a program made to establish a connection to reading to college students to the community,” said Grossberg.
In concurrence with the book read, Vol State will also hold a special lecture series that is free and open to the public.
The lecure series is as follows:
Feb. 10: Film: “American Promise”, two showings- noon and 5 p.m., Thigpen library.
Feb. 16: Effects and possible solutions to the issue of “deadbeat dads”, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center.
Feb. 24: Tense relationships between the police and the African-American community and possible solutions, 12:30 p.m. Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center.
March 2: The effects of Hip-Hop on Society, 9 a.m., Pickel Field House.
March 19: Fear of (or low expectations of) young African-American males and possible solutions, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus.
March 24: Final discussion: Lessons learned and where do we go from here? 6 p.m., Thigpen Library.