One Book One College Program

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About One Book

About the One Book, One College Program

The One Book program engages students in a shared reading experience paired with book discussions, film viewings, lectures, and other events throughout the academic year. Students enrolled in the First Year Experience (FYE) course will read the book as part of the course. Students not taking FYE are also welcome  to attend all One Book events, and multiple copies are also on reserve in the Max R. Traurig Library.



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About This Year's Selection

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 "One Book, One College" common reading selection is in the library in both Waterbury and Danbury, and the movie is also available in Waterbury.
“In 2004, four Latino high school students won an underwater robotics competition sponsored by NASA and the Office of Naval Research. With little funding or experience, they beat out a field of college teams, including one from MIT. It was a classic underdog story with a made-for-Hollywood ending. In fact, a major motion picture recounting their victory will be released later this week. Yet, the reality was much more complicated. The teenagers from Phoenix lived in the United States illegally. Though clearly talented, they faced a future with limited options. A new book called “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” tells their story.”-

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What You'll Gain
What Will I Gain from Participating?

What Will I Gain from Participating?

  1. Relate issues raised by the book to your lives as new or returning students. 
  2. Identify community with peers and facilitators through shared reading and discussion experiences. 
  3. Actively engage in events, express viewpoints, and contribute to the collective conversation. 
  4. Explore the distinct and/or common qualities in one’s own perspective and those of others. 
  5. Examine themes through multiple disciplines and mediums.
Who we are

Who We Are

The One Book program is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Max R. Traurig Library. Book selections and programming are organized by a committee of faculty, staff, and student members.

NVCC's 2018-19 committee members are:

  • Jaime Hammond, MLS, Director of Library Services (co-chair) 
  • Louis Lombard, faculty, English 
  • Julia Petitfrere, faculty, English 
  • Elma Solomon, faculty, Accounting 
  • Kathy Taylor, faculty, Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Antony Wormack, Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities
  • Sam Johnson, Center for Academic Planning and Student Success
  • Anne Mattrella, faculty, Modern Languages
  • Beatrice Paulin, NVCC student

The One Book One College committee is comprised of NVCC faculty, staff, and students. Choices are made based on the following criteria: books that will “stir discussion” and be enjoyable to read but also stress literary value, diverse perspectives, relationship to contemporary events, and appropriate rigor for the entire community. Nominations are always welcome- simply email any of the committee members with your ideas!

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