event calendar

Stay tuned for the 2015-2016 Common Reading Experience sponsored events related to Picking Cotton.

Please contact the Common Reading Experience Program at CommonReading@lsv.uky.edu if you are interested in joining the CRE Implementation/Programming Committee and for other inquiries.

Spring 2015 Dates

Monday, February 2 - Friday, February 13
Story Telling Contest

Now that we have heard Ishmael Beah's story in the 2014-2015 Common Reading Experience, A Long Way Gone, we want to hear your story! Participate in the CRE Story Telling Contest to win front row seat to Laura Simms' (Ishmael's mother) author lecture on February 24 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. For guidelines and more information, download the submission form here. Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall
Dear White People: A Viewing & Chat with Director Justin Simien

Come watch and discuss a satirical drama and film written and directed by Justin Simien about four African American students attending a predominately white college. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center & Late Night Film Series.

Tuesday, February 24, 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall
Laura Simms Presentation

The University of Kentucky community is honored to host Laura Simms, a prominent storyteller, writer, and humanitarian. Laura is well known for her advocacy and storytelling, as well as being the mother of the 2014-2015 Common Reading Experience author Ishmael Beah. The event is free and non-ticketed with seating on a first-come first-served basis. Sponsored by Undergraduate Education, Center for Student Involvement, Martin Luther King Center, College of Fine Arts, Center for Community Outreach and Office of New Student and Parent Programs.

Thursday, February 26, from 6-7 p.m. in Student Center 205
African Dance Night
Get ready to shimmy, shake, and learn the ways of African dance during the Common Reading Experience and African Student Association's presentation of "African Dance Night!" Sponsored by the African Student Association and the Office of New Student and Parent Programs.

Tuesday, March 3, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Center for Student Involvement
Forgotten Wars, Forgotten Victims Documentary Screening

The documentary Forgotten Wars, Forgotten Victims sheds light over West Africa's civil wars and reconstruction as it relates to child soldiers and victims of war. The screening will be followed by a group discussion, and will end with the TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story" featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach and the Office of New Student and Parent Programs.

Wednesday, March 11, 5-6:30 p.m. in Central Residence Hall II, Classroom 001
What's Your Story?

Now that we have heard Ishmael Beah's story in the 2014-2015 Common Reading Experience, A Long Way Gone, we want to hear your story! How has the college transition been for you? Is it different than you expected? What has been your own personal journey? We will attempt to answer these questions through creating artistic representations of our own personal journey. No art experience required! Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, click here. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m. in W.T. Young Library Auditorium (first floor)
The Good Lie Screening

Come view the 2014 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Arnold Oceng about Sudanese refugees resetting in Kansas City, Missouri. Come for the film and stay for the discussion led by the Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

May 2015 (Date and Time: TBD), WRFL Station
Tune in to hear from your peers as they provide us with a unique perspective regarding the ROTC and their personal connections to A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.

Fall 2014 Events

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training
This 3-part training held on September 3 at 5pm, Tuesday, September 9 at 5pm, and Monday, September 15, at 5pm is based on bystander intervention and attaining the knowledge and skills to go from a passive consumer to an active citizen. More information and registration can be found at the following website: www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/VIPCenter. Sponsored by the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.

September Dates
Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training
This 3-part training held on September 3 at 5pm, Tuesday, September 9 at 5pm, and Monday, September 15, at 5pm is based on bystander intervention and attaining the knowledge and skills to go from a passive consumer to an active citizen. More information and registration can be found at the following website: www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/VIPCenter. Sponsored by the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.

Tuesday, September 9
CATalyst's Dive into Diversity Session
Don't miss the opportunity to learn about ways to get involved with diversity and social justice on campus with CATalyst Diversity Educators, 6:30pm in Student Center room 230. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center.

Monday, September 15
Country Study: Sierra Leone
Come learn from a former Military Intelligence officer in an unclassified CIA country. Learn about the culture, geography, history, economy, and politics of Sierra Leone, 1:30-2:30pm in the Student Center room 359. Sponsored by Veterans Resource Center.

Wednesday, September 17
Education Abroad Fall Fair
Showcases every international education opportunity available at the University of Kentucky including study, intern, research, teach, and service abroad programs, 10am-3pm in the Student Center Ballroom. Sponsored by Education Abroad.

Wednesday, September 24
CRE Faculty Lecture Series
Dr. Monica Blackmun Visonà presents on "The Arts and Community Healing in Sierra Leone," 4-5pm, W.T. Young Library Auditorium. Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

Tuesday, September 30
King Café Storytellers
An opportunity for students to share their stories and talent through dance, music, poetry, and song, 6pm in the Student Center Small Ballroom. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center.

Thursday, October 2
Blood Diamond Screening
Was the Sierra Leone Civil War about diamonds? Come for the film, stay for the discussion on the media's portrayal of the Sierra Leone Civil War, 7pm in W.T. Young Library Auditorium. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

Tuesday, October 14
CRE Faculty Lecture Series

Dr. Doug Boyd presents on "From Combat to Kentucky: Using Oral History to Preserve Stories of War," 3:30- 4:30pm in Student Center room 359. Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

Tuesday, October 14
Snapshot: A Theatrical Performance with Mitzi Sinnott

Mitzi Sinnott's story chronicles the quest of a mixed race daughter from Central Appalachia who inspires positive change, 6:30pm in the Student Center Worsham Theater. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center.

Tuesday, October 28
A Long Way Gone: Ishmael Beah Author Lecture:
Followed by a book signing, 7pm in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

Saturday, November 1
CRE Road Trip Series: A Long Way Gone
Free field trip to the Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH to explore issues of modern-day slavery. Contact Christine Leistner for more information at christine.leistner@uky.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach.

Tuesday, November 4
CRE Faculty Lecture Series

Dr. Jeremy Popkin presents on "Ishmael Beah and the Art of Life-Writing," 2:30- 3:30pm, W.T. Young Library Alumni Room. Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs.

December 8-12
A Long Way Gone: Your Personal Pathway

Collaborative interpretation of A Long Way Gone created by students from the UK CORE course, Pathways to Creativity through the Visual Arts, exhibited in the sculpture park at the Art Museum at UK. Sponsored by Art Education, School of Art and Visual Studies, & the College of Fine Arts.

Open Dates
King Center Diversity Project : Just Because...Doesn't Mean
An impactful, interactive activity that invites students to not only explore the stereotypes of their own culture, but also encourages students to learn about the stereotypes of others. The visuals from the activity will be displayed in the King Center as a multicultural exhibit during the fall semester. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center.

Open Dates
Community Service Projects

To learn more about community service projects focused on issues discussed in the book, visit www.ukcco.org. Sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach.

If you are interested in partnering with the Common Reading Experience program on an event related to A Long Way Gone, please contact us at commonreading@lsv.uky.edu.