Coming Together Through the Reading and Discussion of a Common Book
One Book, One Triton began in 2007 as part of Triton’s emphasis on early student success.
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The Common Read Committee has selected THE LAST LECTURE, by co-authors Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow for the Fall 2011 One Book One Triton common read experience. The inspiring story of Carnegie Mellon University's Randy Pausch has been featured on many media outlets, including Diane Sawyer and Oprah Winfrey. The thematic elements of the book include the celebration of life and exploring the power of childhood dreams.
The LAST LECTURE events were a great success. Triton College collaborated with Melrose Park school District 89 and Berkeley school District 87 which allowed students to discuss the book and think about the power dreams play in our lives. To see more about the collaborative efforts click here.
In addition to the discussions opportunities, we will show the movie, I AM, the Documentary, from film director, Tom Shadyac. The movie is joyful, profound, and surprising. Shadyac narrates what the New Yorker called, "his own fall from - or perhaps - into grace." As our guide, Tom confronts the most serious crises humanity faces and reveals transformative solutions. I AM features Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Thom Hartmann, and other luminaries.
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Spring 2010 Environmental Themed Read-Aloud with the PresidentDr. Patricia Granados, president, conducted a read-aloud with children at the Triton College Child Development Center celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Continuing the environmental focus, the president read, The Lorax, to the children. The Lorax was published in 1971, and perhaps inspired by the "save our planet" mindset and provides an ecological warning that still rings true today. All children received a gift bag containing the book, a Lorax stuffed toy and other educational material.
One Book One Triton is modeled after similar community-based reading initiatives designed to raise students' interest in reading, promote literacy and cultivate a culture of reading and discussion. Everyone in the Triton College district community is invited to share their experiences around a common theme.
One Book One Triton is sponsored by The Common Read Committee. As a committee, we have several missions: • To create a campus climate that supports reading for pleasure as well as increased literacy • To introduce important issues of scholarly interest to students, staff, faculty and members of the community • To increase the ability to read critically and engage in meaningful dialog around a variety of issues.
Getting the Triton community involved in a shared reading experience is the main focus of the One Book One Triton project. Community partnerships are at the forefront of such events and Triton College looks forward to more community outreach with community institutions in the future.
What is a Communitywide Read?People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic backgrounds, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them – this project provides that opportunity.- Nancy Pearl, Director, Washington Center for the Book
This program is a wonderful opportunity to bring individuals together in the community through a shared reading experience. It is certain to enrich the lives of those who participate.- Bill Bogaard, Mayor, Pasadena, California
All of these reading initiatives share a number of commonalities, ranging from the concept's populist appeal, its new approach to a basic reading and discussion model and its ability to create a shared experience of reading among a wide spectrum of people.
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