One Book 2022-2023

The One Book program engages our college community in a dialogue about a common text that addresses a current issue. Students, faculty and staff share the experience of reading a text and examining its effects upon our community. Faculty who incorporate the text into their curriculum receive copies for their students. Programming is provided throughout the year to continue the discussions that begin in the classrooms of various disciplines. The culminating event happens each spring semester when the college invites the author of the chosen text to visit, interact and speak with our student body. The One Book program promotes literacy in an innovative way and creates interest within a subject that students may be encouraged to pursue and advocate for in the future. The program invites analysis, promotes critical thinking, and encourages positive change.

2022-2023 One Book Selection

The 2022-2023 One Book selection is Jennifer De Leon’s essay collection, White Space: Culture, Race, & Writing, winner of the Juniper Prize and published by UMass Press in 2021. Born in the Boston area to Guatemalan parents, Jennifer De Leon is an author, editor, speaker, and creative writing professor. She is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, an anthology that won an International Latino Book Award. She served as the 2015–2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library, a 2016–2017 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, and the second recipient of the We Need Diverse Books grant. An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and faculty member in the MFA Program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and more.

One Book Author Jennifer De Leon will join us in person on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. This event will also be streamed on the internet.