Community Book Connection 2009 - 2010
A Long Way Gone
Community Book Connection 2009 - 2010
A Long Way Gone
CBC Calendar of Events
Upon His Back He Carries Them—Theatrical Production
Tuesday, February 9, 11:15 a.m.
Essex, B Building Theatre
This play, written and directed by Carl Freundel, vividly brings to life the dynamics between the King of the Ashanti people of West Africa (Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I) and the British colonizers. It introduces to us to a great leader and sheds light on an often overlooked part of history. Contact Carl Freudel at email@example.com
Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Thursday, February 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Essex, B Building, 2nd Floor Lobby
Join us for a unique experience where guests experience global dining in a whole new way. The goal of the Oxfam Hunger Banquet is to bring awareness to the world-wide statistics on poverty and hunger. Proceeds support the students who are traveling to Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Alternative Spring Break Program. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Tickets will be $5 and be available in the Office of Student Life on each campus. Contact Toni Aho at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmie Briggs, author of Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War
Tuesday, February 23, 11:15 a.m.
Essex, J Building, Room137
Jimmie Briggs’s first book, Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War, chronicles the personal stories of several child soldiers who participated in conflicts in the countries of Afghanistan, Uganda, Rwanda, Colombia, and Sri Lanka. Briggs is the first African American to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict by WAFUNIF at the United Nations. Contact Heather Harris at email@example.com
Men II Boys Film and Discussion
Thursday, February 25, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Catonsville, H Building, Room 308A
Join us for a viewing of “Men II Boys” film, which delivers words of wisdom as a resource for boys and young men of color as they ascend to manhood. The film is followed by a discussion with the LaMarr Darnell Shields, author of “101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know” and Janks Morton an award-winning documentarian and the film’s producer. Contact Melissa Lane, Dept of Criminal Justice at 443-840-2009. firstname.lastname@example.org
Silent Cry (new times and buildings Updated: 3/1/10)
If you were moved by Ishmael Beah's memoir, then please come to "Silent Cry"--a presentation by a former CCBC alumnus, Eric Senga. He comes from the Congo and has a powerful, important story to share. He will be joined by other guests to help spread the word about the tragedy and struggles of his country.
Essex: Wednesday, March 3, 12:30-2:00 p.m. E Building, Recital Hall
Dundalk: Thursday, March 11, 12:45-2:10 p.m. K Building, 2nd Floor
Catonsville: Wednesday, March 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Barn
Participants on the Silent Cry panel will discuss the impact of war throughout the world, with a special emphasis on The Congo. Presenters will include Eric Senga, a CCBC alumnus, and several immigrant students. The presentation will include a PowerPoint slide show and personal accounts. Sponsored by International Student Assn. and International Club, Christian Fellowship, Multicultural Student Assn. and more. Contact Gayona Beckford-Barclay at email@example.com
Women & War/Women & Peace: International Poetry Reading
Wednesday March 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Essex: J Building, Room 137
In honor of Women’s History Month, the CBC is sponsoring a poetry reading with five international poets. Our featured poets are Elen Awalom (Eritrea); Naomi Ayala (Puerto Rico), Lisa Suhair Majaj (Palestine), Pireeni Sundaralingam (Sri Lanka) and Kim Jensen. This reading will be followed by a Q and A and reception. Co-sponsored by the Honors Program, the Women’s Studies Department, and the Black Student Union. Contact Kim Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Rusesabagina—Keynote Lecture
Tuesday, March 16, 11:15 a.m.
Dundalk: K Building, Theatre
Mr. Rusesabagina, whose personal story was chronicled in the film Hotel Rwanda, tours the world speaking and lecturing about leadership, social injustice, and the lessons learned from the one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century, the Rwandan genocide. This is part of the Spotlight Speaker Series, sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Contact Crissy Fabiszak at email@example.com
Alternative Spring Break: Trip to Atlanta, GA.
Departing MD March 27 — Returning Friday, April 2
An alternative break is an opportunity to engage in community service and experiential learning during spring break. This spring break, 20 participants from CCBC will travel to Atlanta, GA to work with Refugee Family Services and the International Rescue Committee to work with families from countries including Somalia, Bosnia, Vietnam, Liberia, Burundi, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Contact Toni Aho at firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Man’s Grave: Author Lecture
Tuesday, April 13, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Catonsville, H Building, Room 308
John Amman, co-author of Black Man’s Grave: Letters From Sierra Leone, will discuss his book about Sierra Leone before, during, and after the war. Amman served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and kept up a correspondence with Sierra Leoneans during the war. Currently, he heads a non-profit responsible for rebuilding Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the war.
Contact Evan Balkan at email@example.com
CCBC Students Reflect on
A Long Way Gone
Dundalk: Monday, April 12, 12:20-2:00 p.m.
K Building, Student Lounge
Essex: Tuesday, April 13, 12:45pm -2:30 pm
B Building, Rooms: 213, 214, and 215
Catonsville: Wednesday, April 14, 12:20 - 2:00 p.m.
H Building, Room 308 B & C
Join the staff from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, as they moderate a conversation with CCBC students who have written about their personal journey with the theme of “a long way home.” Students will be asked to submit a two page paper detailing their story of feeling isolated, feeling like a refugee, as one who cannot return home. Presentations followed by discussion and reception. Contact Patricia Quintero-Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building a Community College System
in Sierra Leone
Tuesday, April 20, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Catonsville: Q Lounge
George Mason University is participating in a project to build a community college system in Sierra Leone. Dr. Gail Kettlewell, who heads the George Mason team will be joined by others to report on their efforts. A general discussion and reception with the audience will follow. Contact Fred Hickok, Fhickok@ccbcmd.edu>
Africa on Film and in the Media
Wednesday, April 28, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Essex: J Building, Room 137
How is Africa typically portrayed on film and in the media? How do these dominant media images shape people’s perceptions about the continent? Join a faculty/staff/student panel to view film clips and discuss alternate and contemporary media images of Africa. Refreshments following immediately after the program.Contact Fawcett Dunstan at email@example.com or Precious Stone firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Darfur Fundraiser Carwash
When: Friday Sept. 18, The time for the car wash has changed from 12-5 to 11-4.. Where: Essex, Lot #2
Right now, there are people in Darfur who are trying to escape the violence that surrounds them. Peace is the theme in both A Long Way Gone and this fundraiser. Contact: CCBC student Stacey Udumukwu at email@example.com
“The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers”— A Film Screening
See the handout on the Invisible Children —
Essex: Wednesday Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m. E Recital Hall
Catonsville: Wednesday Sept. 23, 2:00 p.m. Q Theatre
Come watch “The Rescue,” Invisible Children’s newest production documenting the effort to end Africa’s longest war, still raging. For more information on this conflict and the movement to end it, visit: http://www.invisiblechildren.com/home.php
Sponsored by the Essex and Catonsville Christian Fellowship, the Community Book Connection, and the Black Student Union
A Long Way Gone…. CCBC Students’ Reflections on a “Long Way Home”
Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) are asking faculty to choose students to participate in this Community Book Connection project. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 25 - Students who are selected to participate in this project will receive a $100.00 (one-hundred) dollar gift certificate.
University of Maryland is doing a semester long project – semester of peace. They have some cool events which seem to dove-tail nicely with the community book connection. The web site is www.peace.umd.edu
CCBC students reflect on A Long Way Gone
Dundalk: Monday Oct. 5, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Student lounge
Essex: Tuesday Oct. 6, 12:30 -2 p.m., B Building , rooms 213 & 215
Catonsville: Wednesday Oct. 7, 1 -2 p.m. H 308 B &C
Students will be asked to submit a two page paper detailing their personal story of feeling like someone who cannot return home, like a refugee. Join the staff from the Office of Multicultural Affairs as they moderate a conversation with these CCBC students about their responses to A Long Way Gone. Q&A to follow. Contact: Patricia Quintero-Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join the staff from the Office of Multicultural Affairs as they moderate a conversation with these CCBC students about their responses to A Long Way Gone. Q & A to follow.
Panel discussions will take place:
Bring your classes!
Refreshments will be served!
Movement Exercise and Dance (MEND) to Cope With Addiction and Trauma
When: Wednesday Oct. 14 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Where: Essex D building (gym)
This will be a learning experience for students, faculty, staff, health professionals, recreational therapists, social workers--anyone who would like to learn about innovative ways to positively address individuals affected with trauma, addiction, or stress. Please dress comfortably as you will actively engage in movement activities. This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to invite your classes to attend. Contact: Candy Carr-Smith at email@example.com
When: Wednesday Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m. Where: Catonsville Barn
Contact: Carol Byrd firstname.lastname@example.org
Unseen Effects of War See Flyer
Catonsville: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 9:45 a.m. -11:15 p.m. Catonsville Barn
Essex: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 12:45 p.m. -2:25 p.m. J Building, room 137
The Unseen Effects of War presentation will include experts from Maryland agencies and CCBC who will focus on how wars have impacted individuals, communities, nations, and the world in general. Presenters will offer methods that they have utilized to serve traumatized or displaced individuals who experienced wars or political persecution.
Participants will be given opportunities to ask questions and share perspectives.
Contact: Gayona Beckford-Barclay at email@example.com
Boys forced to be soldiers-but what about girls? Free the Slaves, a Washington D.C.- based nonprofit, estimates there to be up to 27 million active slaves in the world today, more than at the height of the Transatlantic slave trade. Most are women and girls. Hear first hand experiences of a modern-day slave, who is currently a CCBC student, and the hero who helped rescue her. Contact: Pat Rennie at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 6pm
Where: Catonsville , Room K-100
This panel discussion will focus on how different countries construct their armed forces, from a historical discussion of the United States draft to the development of the All Volunteer Force (AVF), Israel's required military services, Germany's military or community service learning, and forced service as depicted in the book, A Long Way Gone.
Contact: Stephen Dashiell at email@example.com
Dundalk: Tuesday. Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. K Building Theatre
Catonsville: Tuesday. Nov. 17, 2:30p.m. Q Theatre
Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone, will discuss the issues surrounding children and war that he raises in his memoir. He will also touch on his experiences as a boy soldier and then as a man writing about those experiences. Q&A and reception to follow both lectures. Contact: Heather Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Jensen email@example.com
When: Tuesday Nov. 24, 12 p.m. -1:45 p.m. Where: Dundalk G Building, room 100
Men II Boys is 42 minute documentary featuring Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, NFL Player Daniel Wilcox, and others, featuring men from all walks of life, delivering words of wisdoms, as a resource for boys and young men of color as they ascend to manhood. The film will be followed by a discussion with LaMarr Darnell Shields, author of 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know and Janks Morton, an award winning documentarian and the film’s producer. Contact: Melissa Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Tuesday Dec. 1, 12:45 p.m. Where: Catonsville, Q Building
Theatre War Stories Staged is a tri-campus dramatic performance of stories of war from our CCBC international students. After each performance audience members are invited to participate in a discussion and reception. Contact:Julie Lewis, 443-840-1538 or Michael Walsh, 443-840-3613.
Spring Break Alternative Trip!