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Louisburg College’s My Orange Duffel Bag Project

This week, author Sam Bracken was featured as the opening speaker at Louisburg College’s kickoff celebration for the school’s 225th anniversary week.  My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change was selected as the college’s common reading title, and author Sam Bracken went to visit the campus to share his story with faculty and students.

Faculty at Louisburg College have developed engaging assignments related to the book for their Crossroads Program, a program designed to get first-year students to explore not only how they learn, but also how they live their lives. Below is a sampling of assignments connected to the “My Orange Duffel Bag Project”:

  1. Decorate the Cover! Be creative. Decorate the cover of the notebook any way that you would like – it just needs to be decorate. You can draw, paint, cover, or do anything you think will make it look cool and look like you!
  2. First 10 Pages – these pages will serve as journal pages. Each class you will be given a topic to journal on and have some time to do this at the beginning of each class.
  3. Next 10 Pages – these pages are “YOU” pages. You should include anything that is important to you Continue reading
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Mark your calendars for the Eighth Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon!

      

Random House announces its Eighth Annual Author Luncheon at the 2012 First-Year Experience Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Authors in attendance include:

Sam Bracken, author of My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change
Peter Buffett, author of Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment
Elizabeth Moon, author of The Speed of Dark: A Novel
Blake Mycoskie, author of Start Something That Matters
Darin Strauss, author Half a Life: A Memoir

WHEN: Monday, February 20th, 11:30AM-1:30PM
WHERE: Room #007 on River Level at the Henry B. Gonzalez
Convention Center, 200 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX
WHY: To hear five authors speak about their books

Join us for FREE books and FREE lunch!

RSVP soon, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com. Space is limited!

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5 More Colleges Leap on Acts of Faith for Common Reading

Five more schools have chosen Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith as their common reading book selection this year! These college’s include: Colgate University of Hamilton, NY; Capital University in Columbus, OH; Loras Collage in Dubuque, IA; Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX; and Marywood College of Scranton, PA.

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.

Patel was one of our featured speakers during Random House’s FYE conference in Atlanta and I was lucky enough to hear him speak. His own story is profound but more importantly his message is a call to action for universal tolerance – starting with college students. Have you read Acts of Faith, or heard anything about it? Let others know what you think by leaving a comment here!

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Mark your calendars for the Seventh Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon!

        

Random House announces its Seventh Annual Author Luncheon at the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Authors in attendance include:

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: The Story of One Name and Two Fates
Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Jon Prendergast, author of The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes
Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

WHEN: Monday, February 7th, 11:30AM-1:30PM
WHERE: Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Room A602 on the Atrium Level
WHY: To hear four authors speak about their books

Past luncheon authors have included Tracy Kidder, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Sonia Nazario, Warren St. John and Bill Strickland.

Join us for FREE books and FREE lunch!

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Author Eboo Patel quoted on American Muslims in The NY Times

Last Sunday’s edition of The New York Times prominently featured an article on American Muslims. Quoted in this timely article was author Eboo Patel whose book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, was published by Beacon Press in July.

Mr. Patel will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Seventh Annual Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the First-Year Experience Conference which is taking place in February.

Read the New York Times article here.

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Bill Strickland speaks at the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Wrapping up the afternoon at the Sixth Annual First-Year Experience Author Luncheon last month in Denver, Colorado was the dynamic Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary.

Over the past thirty years, the MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and built a better, brighter future.

During his talk, Mr. Strickland showed the audience images of the Manchester Bidwell Center, its students, and their work. Images, video, and other resources may be found on his website.

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For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community, rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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Warren St. John speaks at the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Already adopted for several common reading programs at universities from Utah to Georgia and for community reading programs from San Diego to Maryland, Warren St. John’s new book about a team of refugee soccer players has undoubtedly captivated committees and readers.

In Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference , he takes readers to Clarkston, Georgia; a small town that, in the 1990s, became a resettlement center for refugees and a modern-day Ellis Island for scores of families from war zones in Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon last month in Denver, Colorado the New York Times journalist spoke about his experience getting to know the Fugees, their coach Luma Mufleh, and the citizens of Clarkston.

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