Events and Activities



Please read below for a list of events and activities addressing the themes and topics raised by this year's One Book, Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie. New items are added on a regular basis, so keep checking back!



Friday, September 12, 2014

BROWN BAG at the Center for Teaching and Learning: "Teaching the One Book"

Faculty are invited to a Brown Bag on “Teaching the One Book,” on Friday, September 12 at noon in the Center for Teaching and Learning conference room.

The Sacramento State University One Book Program has selected Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy (Grove, 2012) its 2014-2015 One Book. Alexie show­cases his many talents in the collection, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” in which a homeless Indian man quests to win back a family heirloom; “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” a road-trip morality tale; “The Toughest Indian in the World,” about a night shared between a writer and a hitchhiker; and his most recent, “War Dances,” about a man grappling with sudden hearing loss in the wake of his father’s death. Alexie’s new stories are fresh and quintessential, about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

The Brown Bag will be an opportunity for faculty members to learn about and share ways to incorporate the One Book into their courses as required or recommended readings or for extra credit assignments.

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: noon
Location: CTL Conference Room, 4th floor, University Library



Friday, September 16, 2014

PANEL DISCUSSION: Constitution – Who? Sovereignty & the US Constitution

In this hour-long panel, students, faculty, and staff member will examine Tribal Sovereignty in the United States and how the Constitution and later federal laws grant local sovereignty to tribal nations, but do not grant full sovereignty equivalent to that of foreign nations, hence creating the default status of "domestic dependent nations."

Questions to be explored are: Who benefits from the laws and how? How/why is this different than the sovereignty of foreign nations? The panel will feature students, faculty and staff including Dr. Brian Baker, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of Native American Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-Sponsored by Multi-Cultural Center, College for Continuing Education, Community Engagement Center, and Native American Studies.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: Noon-1pm
Location: Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010




September, October, November

FREE FILM SERIES: Coming soon!

Each year the Multi-Cultural Center sponsors and hosts a free film series. By selecting films that relate to and expand understandings of topics raised by the One Book, the series allow an opportunity for thought-provoking screenings and discussions. Please check back for the schedule! 




 AUTHOR DAY: Thursday, October 16, 2014!


Q&A and Discussion for Learning Communities:

"Native American Repatriation"

Students from the Sac State Academic Learning Communities are invited a special presentation where distinguished faculty and members of the community will speak about varying issues regarding Native American repatriation. Each panelist will present short commentaries and then engage with the audience in a Q&A.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 10 am
Location: Ballroom, University Union

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.


Mid-Day Reading and Campus Lecture by Sherman Alexie

"Sherman Alexie: A Reading from Blasphemy"

Sherman Alexie will read from his collection of short stories, Blasphemy, which unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers, including some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World,” and his most recent, “War Dances,” along with Alexie’s new stories about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

Book signing immediately following.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: noon
Location: Ballroom, University Union

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.


Public Reading and Lecture by Sherman Alexie

"An Evening with Sherman Alexie"

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Sherman Alexie reads from Blasphemy, a collection of short stories uniting fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Taking a wry, poignant, and searing look at the Pacific Northwest, Alexie tells stories that encompass American life with wit and grit. As part of the One Book Program's commitment to expanding cultural and intellectual life in the region, this lecture is free to the public.

Book signing immediately following.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: Ballroom, University Union
Parking: Free in Structure II between 6-10 pm.
Free to the public.

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.


Add events and activities 

If you have an event or activity that is related to the One Book or would like to sponsor or host an event or activity, please contact Dr. Hellen Lee, Faculty Coordinator, at onebook@csus.edu.

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