One Community/One Book

One Community/ One Book 2012: Facilitator and host training continues on January 11

Attend training, receive the book for free!

Perhaps you have thought about becoming involved in One Community/One Book, either as a book discussion facilitator or by hosting  a discussion.  If so, consider attending the final Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book  2012, 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 11 in the Briscoe Library Collaboratory, room 4.074.   Taught by Dr. John Littlefield, director of the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching, the workshop will teach skills for planning and leading a book discussion that will continue to be useful, even after One Community/One Book  2012 is over.  Lunch is included in the class, and individuals who volunteer to host or lead a book discussion will also receive a free copy of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, the One Community/One Book selection for 2011-2012.

In Barefoot Heart, Elva Trevino Hart, who is retired after 17 years with IBM, writes of  being the youngest child in a family of migrant farm workers who traveled north to Minnesota and Wisconsin over several summers in the 1950s to work in beet fields.  As a personal memoir, Hart’s book invites reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy.

Elva Trevino Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 12:00 noon.  The event, which is open to the public, is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To register for Facilitator and Host Training on January 11, email Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

One Community/One Book 2010

The Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching and The Libraries offer training for discussion group leaders

On October 15, 2010 at noon Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be the speaker at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics’ Frank Bryant, Jr. M.D. Memorial Lecture.   In the weeks leading up to the Bryant lecture, The Libraries and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching are co-sponsoring the third annual community read on the UT Health Science Center campus.

One goal of One Community/One Book: to encourage as many students, faculty and staff as we can to read the same book.  Another goal:  To encourage gatherings of colleagues and friends, perhaps good food (that’s up to you), and definitely good conversation. We think we’ve found in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks material for some excellent conversations about a fascinating true story in the history of science.

Dr. John Littlefield, Director of the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching, and Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, will offer three workshops for individuals who are interested in leading or hosting a book discussion:

Thursday, August 19 , 12:00 noon

Saturday, August 21, 12:00 noon

Friday, August 27, 12:00 noon

 

Through a grant from Humanities Texas, we will be able to provide copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for individuals who volunteer to host or lead a book discussion.  Books will be available on a first come/first served basis for individuals who register for the workshops.  Workshops will also include lunch, and will take place at noon in the Collaboratory on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library. 

Registration for each of the three workshops can be found on the library’s Web site: http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/events/onebook2010events.cfm.

This is the third One Community/One Book project at the UT Health Science Center campuses. Previous book selections included Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder (2008) and Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (2009), by Pauline W. Chen, M.D.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is available at the Briscoe, Downtown, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park. Call number: QU 300 S628i 2010. Copies are also available in the UT Health Science Center Bookstore at a 25% discount.

For more information about One Community/One Book contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

One Community/One Book 2010: Calendar of Events

Science Communication Workshop

Human(e) Research– Your responsibilities as a scientist

When:  Tuesday, October 12
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Medical School Room 309L
Reception to follow, hosted by the Graduate Dean

  • Dr. Michael Lichtenstein: History of human subject research: “the ugly, the bad, and the good”
  • Dr. Joseph Schmelz– Director, Institutional Review Board: Human research at the UT Health Science Center: “working together”

8th Annual Frank Bryant, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics

Speaker: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
When: Friday, October 15
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Reception and Book Signing: 1:30 PM
Where: Health Science Center Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio, TX
Lecture telecast live to the RAHC in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus
More information about the lecture

October Book Discussions

When: Friday, October 1
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Location on RSVP
Facilitator: Penelope Borchers
RSVP to: Penelope Borchers, borchers@uthscsa.edu

When: Tuesday, October 5
12noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Howe Room,
5th floor, Briscoe Library
Facilitator: Rajia Tobia
RSVP to: Rajia Tobia, tobia@uthscsa.edu

When: Wednesday, October 6
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute
Facilitator: Helen Sorenson
RSVP to: Helen Sorenson, sorenson@uthscsa.edu

When: Thursday, October 7
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: RAHC, 313A (Faculty Lounge), 3rd floor
UT Pan American Library
Facilitator: Dr. Johnny D. Short

When: Monday, October 11
12 noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 432F
Facilitator: Donald J. Dudley, M.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

When: Monday, October 11
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Anaqua Room (2.03.08), UC Phase II, UTSA (map)
Facilitator: Carley R. Bach
RSVP to: Carley R. Bach, carley.bach@gmail.com

When: Wednesday, October 13
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Where: Ramirez Library, RAHC Library Classroom 1.132
Facilitator: Martin Hechanova
RSVP to: RAHC Library, rahclibrary@uthscsa.edu

Online Book Discussion: Join anytime!
Where: http://library.uthscsa.edu/bookclub/
Facilitator: Luke Rosenberger

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One Community/One Book Author Phil Klay Speaks on Campus

Cover of book RedeploymentThis year’s One Community/One Book project culminated with an appearance on the Health Science Center campus by former Marine Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction honoree. On October 30, approximately three hundred attendees filled the Holly Auditorium to hear the author discuss his collection of short stories based upon his duty as a Public Affairs Officer in Iraq’s Anbar Province during the surge. Members of the audience included individuals from the San Antonio community, local health professionals, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty, staff, and students, and area veterans. Video telecast was also available at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, at the Laredo Regional Campus, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mr. Klay’s presentation focused on the practice of storytelling in war and on readings from Redeployment. The author shared selections from two of his short storiesTen Kliks South and Bodies, and related how his experiences led him to write fictional accounts of members of the military as they struggle with the challenges of war and the readjustments of returning home. He also answered questions from the audience about how these communal stories of war encourage open dialogue about the meaningful issues they raise. A reception and book signing followed the engaging presentation, as enthusiastic attendees lined up to speak with the author and to have their books autographed.

Author Phil Klay at Book Signing

Photograph by Lester Rosebrock UTHSCSA Creative Media Services

Book discussion groups were held both leading up to and following the author’s presentation. Attendees examined the stories in the book, explored the various points of view, and sought to develop compassion for the veterans whom they encounter. Sixty individuals participated in book discussion groups, including UTHSCSA faculty, students, and staff, a psychiatric and mental health nursing clinical group, military health psychology students at UTSA, members of the Department of Research at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and an area women’s writers’ group.

On November 19, 2014, Redeployment by Phil Klay was awarded the prestigious 2014 National Book Award in Fiction (Video of the Announcement and Acceptance Speech). The National Book Foundation also named Phil Klay as one of 5 under 35, a set of five emerging young writers of fiction selected by previous National Book Award winners and finalists.

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, with support from STRONG STAR. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

One Community/One Book Selection for Fall 2014

“In Redeployment, his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay … gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a  combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war.”                                                                             The Madness of War Told in the First Person      

Book cover of RedeploymentThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, The Libraries and STRONG STAR are pleased to announce that Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, has accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Holly Auditorium as part of a One Community/One Book project.

After graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in English and Creative Writing, Phil Klay was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province as a Public Affairs Officer during the surge in 2007 and 2008. Upon discharge in 2009, he attended the City University of New York- Hunter College where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. He also sharpened his writing skills at the New York University Veterans’ Writing Workshop. His works have been published in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the New York Daily News.

In Redeployment, Phil Klay presents twelve gritty and compelling short stories on the experience of war in Iraq and the challenges faced by those returning home. Each story is told from a different perspective, including those of a young artillery man, a member of Mortuary Affairs, a military chaplain, and a Foreign Service Officer.

The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. Book discussions will then be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus on October 30, 2014.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2014 website or contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian 210-567-2406.

 
One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

One Community/One Book selection tells stories of migrant life in South Texas

Photograph of Elva Trevino Hart

Elva Trevino Hart is the author of the 2012 One Community/One Book selection.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ popular One Community/One Book program will continue in the months ahead with reading and discussion of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, by Elva Trevino HartThe Libraries are pleased to announce that One Community/One Book 2012 recently received the support of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the form of a community projects grant award.

The Health Science Center’s 4th One Community/One Book selection is a book with deep roots in South Texas. Author Elva Trevino Hart tells stories of growing up in Pearsall, Texas as the youngest child in a family of migrant farm workers who traveled north to Minnesota and Wisconsin over several summers in the 1950s to work in the beet fields.   The book details her family’s struggle to make a living and to overcome prejudice and poverty through education.  She also explores her family’s roots in Mexico, and the historical events that carried her father and his family north to Texas and beyond.  Barefoot Heart 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.   Ms. Hart will speak on campus Friday, February 24 at 12:00 noon.  She will also speak on Saturday, February 25  at the Spring Conference of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy.  Copies of the book are available through the library, and the bookstore is selling Barefoot Heart at a 25% discount.

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.  It is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information about One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Call 567-2406 or email Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

One Community/One Book: Find a book discussion

Join the Club- Book CoverThis year’s One Community/One Book project is well underway.  We have given away almost 75 books, and trained many discussion group leaders.  Book discussions will be held throughout March, in the weeks leading up to Tina Rosenberg’s keynote address at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics Community Service Learning Conference on April 4, 2013.

Many planned book discussions are open to anyone.  To find one at a place and time that is convenient for you, visit the One Community/One Book events page.

Copies of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World are available in the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, and the library at the Laredo Regional Campus (HM 831 R813j 2012) . The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $12.71, a 25% discount off the retail price.

Humanities Texas LogoOne Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

One Community/One Book: Find a discussion group

A History of the Present Illness

Conversation is the heart of One Community One Book.

Louise Aronson is the author of A History of the Present Illness, this fall’s One Community/One Book selection.  She will be the keynote speaker at an author event sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and The Libraries:

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Holly Auditorium.

As in the past, The Libraries offered workshops in early September to support book discussion leaders and hosts.

Book discussions will be held starting in mid- September, leading up to Louise Aronson’s visit to campus.

Information about One Community/One Book discussion events — continually updated –  is posted below.

Louise Aronson

Author Louise Aronson will speak in Holly Auditorium, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Long Campus, on Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Training for Discussion Group Leaders and Hosts: 

  • Wednesday, September 4, 3:00 p.m., Briscoe Library Collaboratory;
  • Friday, September 6, noon, School of Nursing room 1.202.

Book Discussions:

Multi-Meeting Book Discussions

Tuesdays, October 22 and 29: School of Health Professions, Deans Conference Room, 426 MED. Facilitator: Susan Dollar, dollar@uthscsa.edu.

Wednesdays, October 23 and 30, School of Health Professions, Deans Conference Room, 426 MED. Facilitator: Susan Dollar, dollar@uthscsa.edu.

For information about how to to be a part of One Community/One Book, or to submit information about a discussion opportunity you are planning, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: email hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

 

One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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One Community/One Book: Find out how you can participate

Barefoot Heart CoverOne Community/One Book 2012 is well on its way!  More than 30 individuals attended training for discussion group leaders in December and January.  The training is not required, and anyone can plan a book discussion. The encouragement and the information we provide helps build confidence to get the discussion groups off the ground.

Another resource to support book discussions is the One Community/One Book project website:

http://library.uthscsa.edu/onebook

Some of the things that can be found there:

  • A printable flyer
  • Information about the One Community/One Book 2012 selection, Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, by Elva Treviño Hart
  • A set of clinically-oriented questions written by Dr. Adelita Cantu of the School of Nursing, which some groups may find useful
  • Post Your Book Discussion, a form to use if you would like us to help you publicize your book discussion on the website
  • A Book Discussion Sign In Sheet  that we will use to evaluate the effectiveness of the program once it is complete
  • Information about Elva Treviño Hart’s two public events in San Antonio, on the evening of February 23 (at San Antonio Public Library) and at noon on February 24 (in the Holly Auditorium in San Antoni0, with videoconferencing to Harlingen and Laredo)
  • A little bit about the history of One Community/One Book at the UT Health Science Center, and about our planning process

If you do host or lead a book discussion, please be sure your group completes the Book Discussion Sign In Sheet.  These can be sent to Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

One Community/One Book 2012 is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One Community/One Book: Talking about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

In August twenty-six individuals representing UT Health Science Center schools, University Health System, UTSA, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research,  and Southwest Research Institute attended noon-hour workshops to train small-group discussion leaders for One Community/One Book 2010.

Discussion opportunities resulting from the workshops will be posted on the library Web site throughout September as we are notified about them by discussion group leaders.

To register a discussion opportunity and/or post it on the project Web site, fill out the online form (doc file).

For more information about One Community/One Book, about currently listed discussion events, and about related resources, visit the Join the Conversation page.

Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be the featured speaker at the Frank Bryant, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics.  The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics,  will take place in the Parman Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.