Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week

Every year, thousands of books are challenged or banned in public, private and school libraries.  To show pride for all forms of literature, the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Book Week to counter all the challenged and banned literature. This week, September 25th-October 1st, commemorates both classic and modern books that have been challenged.  Childhood favorites such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Bridge to Terabithia, and James and the Giant Peach, as well as modern books like all of the Harry Potter series (which is actually the MOST challenged of them…continue reading →

Page to screen cage match: Everything is Illuminated

The eternal question....BOOK or FILM? This month the Book Club will discuss BOTH. The book: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer The film: Everything Is Illuminated starring Elijah Wood (Frodo!) Read the book, see the film, and come to the Book Club on Wednesday, October 5 @ 1:00. Meetings in the Student Activities Office (c103) in the Science Building. Snacks and drinks SDV activity credit All students welcome You decide...book or film?continue reading →

Go Team GO!!!

Ahh football. Whether you follow the NFL, college or the Central Region, the beginning of the football season brings the promise of cooler weather, the start of a new school year and the hope of a winning a championship! While you are enjoying the thrill of competition ponder these: Is there such a thing as momentum? What about home field advantage? Why don’t coaches “go for it” on 4th downs? Economist Tobias J. Moskowitz and Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim give you the answers in Scorecasting: the hidden influences behind how sports…continue reading →

Read all about it! Historic newspapers @ Library of Congress

Ever wondered what happened on this day in 1915?  Travel back in time using the Library of Congress online historic newspapers! LOC digitally archives newspapers from all over the US; read the real paper--ads included.  Get firsthand accounts of historic events, like the election of Abraham Lincoln or the sinking of the RMS Lusitania (which brought America into the first World War.) Check out local papers that are no longer in circulation.  The Richmond Planet was the oldest African-American newspaper to be published AND it was started right here in Richmond.  Don’t miss…continue reading →

World’s Newest Country: South Sudan

On July 9, 2011 just 5 days after the U.S. celebrated its 235 birthday the newest country, South Sudan, declared independence from its northern neighbor, Sudan. According to the CIA World Factbook, “when Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the political system.” Unfortunately that has not always been so. After 2 conflicts and more than 2.5 million deaths the South Sudanese voted in January 2011 to form their own country. Located near the horn of Africa, South Sudan…continue reading →

Book Club: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Book Club meets 3x a semester, and all of the books we read are chosen BY STUDENTS. This month the club will discuss Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. Silas and Larry are unlikely teenage friends...and then one is suspected of murder. Part murder  mystery, part small town drama, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter should please fans of both realistic and mystery fiction. Read the book...or just join us for some discussion, drinks and snacks (and SDV 100 credit!) Wednesday, September 7 @ 1:00 pm Student Activities Office C103 All students welcome Hope…continue reading →