Upcoming One Book Events

Watch for additional events to be added.

Before Classes Begin:

August 15: One Book essays due.  Send your two page essay answering one of these questions to gschimek@cornellcollege.edu 

    • What is the American dream and how is it achieved?  Are the doors open to everyone?  Are the doors open to you?
    • To what extent do Zeitoun and Kathy;s decisions to stay or go reflect their values? How are both family and community reflected as part of their values?
    • What kinds of experiences had Zeitoun previously had in order to assist others during the hurricane? What was most helpful? Were his actions and reactions innate or learned?
    • Do natural disasters bring allow individuals to express themselves in a different way? What do people learn about themselves in times of crisis? Have you experienced crisis? If so, how have you changed?
    • How do the experiences of the inhabitants of New Orleans reflect the community that can be created? Did Hurricane Katrina create a neighborhood community? State? National? International? What role do we have in fostering this environment?
    • Do you anticipate opportunities and challenges in arriving on campus? What skills and attributes will help you to succeed in college? In what ways do you look forward to engaging with local communities as a new student?

August 29: One Book Discussion.  During New Student Orientation, incoming students will meet with their Peer Advocate, and a faculty member to discuss Zeitoun.  

August 31: Service Day. New students will join other first years in helping to provide service to members of the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City community, forming new relationships with our community partners.  To commemorate the anniversary of the Cedar Rapids floods and recognize the important role our community partners have in making these relationships successful, Tim Wilson, Executive Director of Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids, will join us to kick off the day.

Block 1

Throughout the Block: Photo Contest.  Tweet or tag Instagram photos of people, places, things, and actions related to the themes seen throughout the One Book and use the hashtag #CornellOneBook. Some of the themes we recognize are: racial, religious, and cultural identity, water, service, community, and global issues. Use the remaining characters to tell us how it relates to the book.

Throughout the Block: Photo Exhibit: Remembering the Flood of 2008, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Walk through Zamora's Market in the Thomas Commons to see photos from the floods in Cedar Rapids.  Service Day in 2008 focused on the clean-up from these floods and Cornell served as a lodging location for volunteers and clean-up crews throughout July and August.

September 11: Servapalooza.  Servapalooza! is the annual kickoff for the events and programming offered through the Civic Engagement Office. If you are interested in getting involved with one of Cornell's many service and social justice initiatives this year, please stop by to meet the staff and learn more!

September 17: Justice for Our Neighbors. Join the Chaplain's office as they assist low-income immigrants through the legalization process.  People who are interested (bi-lingual skills of all kinds welcome though not required) must RSVP to student coordinator Kim Boche (kboche15) by the Sunday prior so she can figure out who among the volunteers can drive. This program that offers free legal assistance to low income immigrants is held at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids. Supper is provided.  Feel free to contact Kim if you have any  other questions.

September 19: Opening Convocation: Hope and Hopelessness When Things Fall Apart. Natural and human made disasters are becoming more common. In our lifetimes, each of us will be confronted with disaster. Each of us has a role in what happens before, during and after a disaster. Clint Twedt-Ball had a front row seat in 2008 when Cedar Rapids most vulnerable neighborhoods flooded. He and the agency he helped found worked door to door helping people in crisis. They partnered with diverse organization and people to rebuild the town, growing an organization with a forty-thousand dollar annual budget into a post-disaster model of recovery that worked with others to run a six million dollar program. Clint will share post-disaster stories of hopelessness, anger, broken systems and most of all hope. This year's convocation speaker is Clint Twedt-Ball, who works at Matthew 25 Hub Ministry in Cedar Rapids. Clint and Matthew 25 led the efforts to rebuild downtown Cedar Rapids after the devastating floods of 2008. 

Block 2

October 9: (Re)Building Community: Narratives from the 2008 Cedar Rapids Flood.  On June 13, 2008 at 10:15 am, the Cedar River crested at more than 31 feet, impacting approximately 10 square miles of the City of Cedar Rapids. More than 18,000 people were displaced from their homes and economic losses totaled nearly 2.5 billion dollars. This program features a panel of individuals offering personal perspectives about the impact of the flood and the process of (re)building community in Cedar Rapids. Featured speakers hail from the business community, local government, the arts, the environment, and homeowners who endured the flood and its aftermath even five years later. 

TBD: Alternative Spring Break Applications Due. Join nearly 100 students who will be part of ten Alternative Spring Break trips in March. More information will be available through the Civic Engagement Office

Block 7

April 7:Small Thomas Lecture.  Focusing on the intersection of faith and social justice, and featuring interfaith understanding with the Rev. Mouzon Biggs, Jr. More information will be available later in the year.