2018 Common Read Week

Each year, students in NCC Freshmen Seminar classes read and discuss a common book . This year’s selection is Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, by Brian Clements.

2018 Common Read Book Schedule of Events:

Monday, November 12 – The Opening Bell
Share Your Thoughts about Guns
All day in Community Gallery (the wall to the right of the West Campus Cafeteria)
This is an interactive art installation where students can write their thoughts about guns (pro, con, rights, restrictions, 2nd Amendment, etc.) on individual tags and tie them onto a display. All are free to participate!

Tuesday, November 13 – Say Your Piece (or Peace?)
Let Your Voices Ring!
10:00-11:20 a.m. in the Gen Re Forum
Do you have thoughts about gun violence that you want to share?  This is your opportunity. Everyone is invited to give a persuasive speech about gun violence, recite a poem, perform a rap and/or sing an original song about gun violence. Submit your speech by Wednesday, Nov. 7 to Karla Lara at klara@norwalk.edu or submit your original poem, rap or song by Wednesday, Nov. 7 to Ann Gustavson at agustavson@ncc.commnet.edu.

Spoken Word: A Student Performance
12:00-12:30 p.m. in the PepsiCo Theater
Acting I students will create short plays, using the texts of selected poems/responses from Bullets into Bells. This will be complemented by songs and scenes, performed by the NCC Choir and Performing Arts students.

The Gun Next Door
4:00-5:00 p.m. in W129
People often think that they live in a “safe area.” Some people believe that there are no guns in their neighborhood. Some towns are thought to be safe, while nearby cities are not. Professor Kenausis will moderate a discussion that examines where someone can go to be “safe” or if that is even possible.

Wednesday, November 14 – Ring the Bell
Bullets into Bells Editor, Poets, and Respondents Visit NCC!
10:00-11:30 a.m. in the PepsiCo Theater
Bullets into Bells was inspired by the gun violence that has plagued our nation over the last several years. Some of the poets and those who responded to their poetry have agreed to be with us in person to share their work. It will be a moving tribute to those who have suffered or lost their lives due to gun violence.

Common Read Luncheon (faculty, staff and students – by invitation only)
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Dining Room

Dialogue with Local Leaders
1:15-2:15 p.m. in the Gen Re Forum
Hear about the impact of gun violence on our communities and the local legislative response to it.

Thursday, November 15 – The Aftermath
The Trauma of Gun Violence
1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Gen Re Forum
How do you know if you are experiencing trauma? Join us for a panel discussion about what trauma looks like on a daily basis, resources for assistance with it, as well as the different therapies used to help people work through it.

Guns Wound: The Physiology of Gun Injury
2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Gen Re Forum
How does the body respond to different types of gunshot trauma? Professor McMenamin-Balano and a local expert will discuss tissue damage and repair systems that attempt to maintain life after the injury.