The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ popular One Community/One Book program will continue in 2012 with the theme of cultural diversity. The book selected for reading and discussion is Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Trevino Hart.
In Barefoot Heart, the author chronicles her memories of growing up in a migrant farm worker family in Pearsall, Texas. The book details her family’s struggle to make a living and to overcome prejudice and poverty through education. The author’s spare yet elegant writing style makes for a moving read that encourages reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity in our own South Texas communities, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy as we train tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Plans for One Community/One Book include workshops for discussion group leaders, book discussion groups, and several speaking engagements for the author from February 23-25, 2012. Tentatively, Ms. Hart will speak on campus Friday, February 24 at 12:00 noon. Copies of the book will be available through the library soon, and the bookstore will be selling Barefoot Heart at a 25% discount, beginning in September. A book signing will follow Ms. Hart’s talk on February 24.
One Community/One Book 2012 is a collaborative effort between The Libraries, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET), and the San Antonio Public Library.
For information about One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Call 567-2406 or email Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.
Executive Director of Libraries