Common Read Week Events Schedule

NCC invites the community to Common Read Week (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2), a series of free campus events built around this year’s Common Read selection, “Lottery,” by Patricia Wood. The novel has been read by sections of the NCC Freshman Seminar.

Wood will visit NCC to discuss her book and meet with students and the public. “Lottery” is the story of Perry L. Crandall, an intellectually disabled man who wins the lottery. How he and others around him handle this windfall encourages readers to examine issues of trust and values.

Monday, October 30

After the Battle: Challenges of Returning Veterans

10-11:20 a.m. (West Campus, Room 126)
In Wood’s novel, the main character’s best friend is a Vietnam veteran. This event features a panel discussion with veterans of the Vietnam War and other wars who will discuss the challenges of returning to civilian life.

Word Fun
Noon to 12:50 p.m. (East Campus Art Gallery)
The character of Perry Crandall is fond of reading the dictionary  to learn new words. Use words you know and learn a few more with friends while playing life-sized Scrabble.

Tuesday, October 31

Inclusion: Fact or Fiction?
10-11 a.m. (East Campus, Gen Re Forum)
In “Lottery,” Perry has many successes in his adult life because his community gives him the opportunity to be included. Local author Kim Rossi, a parent of three adult children with intellectual disabilities, will discuss her experiences with the different interpretations of inclusion in schools and communities. Panelists also will include Dr. Fran Apfel, NCC Student AccessAbility Services Coordinator; and Cheryl DeVonish, NCC Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to the President.

What If?
12-12:30 p.m. (East Campus, PepsiCo Theater)
NCC Acting students will showcase what they would do if they won the lottery. The NCC Choir will follow, “lamenting the horrors of having too much money.”

Word Fun
1:45-3:15 p.m. (East Campus, Art Gallery)
The character of Perry Crandall is fond of reading the dictionary to learn new words. Use words you know and learn a few more with friends while playing life-sized Scrabble.

Personal Finance: The Basics
4-5 p.m. (West Campus, Room 114)
Everyone can learn from Perry Crandall’s plan of saving half of what he earned. Join Robert K. Kettenmann, President of Darien Rowayton Bank, as he discusses how to evaluate and access various financial products, maintain a good credit score, and create a personal financial plan.

Wednesday, November 1

Patricia Wood Visits NCC
10-11:45 a.m. (East Campus, PepsiCo Theater)
The author will discuss her book; with book-signing to follow. Woods’ life experience in special education, as well as her father’s experience winning the lottery, all come together for a dynamic exchange with the audience. Woods also will discuss the writing and creative process.

Conversation with Patricia Wood and Kim Rossi
1:30-2:20 p.m. (East Campus; Gen Re Forum)
These authors will share their thoughts about the major themes  and issues presented in Lottery and respond to audience questions.

Dialogue with Patricia Wood
2:30-3:30 p.m. (East Campus, Room E305)
This is an opportunity for anyone to stop in, meet, and talk with the author.

Thursday, November 2

Lottery Tickets: A Good Bet?
8:45-9:45 a.m. (East Campus, Gen Re Forum)
To play or not to play? Find out when Professors Jeff Kenausis and Jonathan McMenamin-Balano demonstrate the expected return on the weekly purchase of a lottery ticket versus the growth of repeated savings at compounded interest.

How Do You Define Intelligence? The Many Perspectives of Smartness
11:30-12:30 p.m. (East Campus, Room 220)
Join us for a discussion with Psychology Professor Gary Capobianco about the types of intelligence. In “Lottery,” character Perry Crandall demonstrates some of the more non-traditional types of intelligence. Prof. Capobianco will highlight examples from many situations in the book.

When Love Hurts
2:30-3:30 p.m. (East Campus, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Room E215)
In “Lottery,” the character Cherry is physically abused by her father and initially struggles through it alone. Linnea Curtiss, a child advocate and PeaceWorks educator with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, will present a workshop about the cycle of domestic violence, power and control dynamics in abusive relationships, and the many laws surrounding domestic violence.