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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, 2013

The Honors Program Long Read
One Book Program Spring Capstone Event presented by the Honors Program

The Sacramento State University Honors Program will sponsor and host a Long Read event. Students from the Honors Program will read aloud the One Book. Please drop by for a few minutes to listen to the One Book.
Date: April 30-May 1, 2013
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Library Quad

For more information, please contact the Honors Program at (916) 278-2804. To find out more about the Honors Program, please click here.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

When the Levees Broke (2006), Dir. Spike Lee
FREE Film Series presented by the Multi-Cultural Center

Spike Lee's film examines the social, cultural, and human toll of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the surrounding region. Drawing upon actual news footage, still photos, and interviews, Lee weaves together an award-wining and critically acclaimed documentary. Only one of the four parts will be screened due to length.


Monday, September 24, 2012

“Dream, Achieve, Inspire”
An interactive lecture by Dr. Steve Arounsack
presented by the Full Circle Project

An internationally-recognized video artist/documentarian focusing on the use of digital media to tell human stories, Dr. Arounsack will be talking about his personal journey coming as a refugee from Laos, completing his education, and his journey to international acclaim. Professor Arounsack was a Gates Millennium Scholar (2000-2005) and teaches Anthropology and Art at California State University, Stanislaus.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Crash (2004), Dir. Paul Haggis
FREE Film Series presented by the Multi-Cultural Center

A car accident in Los Angeles causes multiple lives to collide in unexpected ways. The film highlights the racial and social tensions underlying the tacit divides that permeate one of the most diverse cities in the United States. Starring Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock.


AUTHOR DAY: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Q&A and Discussion for Learning Communities

Author Chitra Divakaruni will be joined by Professor Lisa Hammersley (Geology), Professor Mridula Udayagiri (Sociology), and Tony Lucas and Ken Barnett from the Public Safety staff. Each will present short commmentaries and then engage with the audience in a Q&A. This morning event is open to members of the various Sacramento State campus learning communities. Books are available for purchase in advance through the Hornet Bookstore for at a 20% discount.


"Where the Wild Stories Are"
Reading and Campus Lecture, followed by Book Signing

Provost Charles Gossett will welcome author Chitra Divakaruni, who will read from One Amazing Thing and speak about storytelling. Divakaruni will describe how she developed the ideas for her stories, especially how she came to the idea for One Amazing Thing while evacuating from a hurricane threat. Her talk will explore the idea that each of us has an amazing story in our lives and how to look for their value and importance.


"The Stories that Save Us"
An Evening with the Author: Chitra Divakaruni

Author Chitra Divakaruni will share the genesis for One Amazing Thing. She will touch upon how in volunteering with Hurricane Katrina refugees that she learned the healing power of storytelling. Divakaruni will be introduced by Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sheree Meyer, the Founder of the One Book Program.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Name is Khan(2010), Dir. Karan Johar
FREE Film Series presented by the Multi-Cultural Center

An Indian Muslim man takes on a personal mission to meet the President of the United States. Featuring cross-cultural marriage, post-9/11 social and political fears, living with Aspergers syndrome, this film addresses the perserverance of love, integrity, and hope.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Musical Drama inspired by One Amazing Thing.
FREE Performance presented by Music 21

A Musical Drama inspired by the One Book. This class project is conceived, created, and performed by first year students in Music 21, under the guidance of Professors Deborah Pittman and Pete Nowlen. This is an exciting event featuring emerging talent from the Music Department.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Student Essay Contest
Two Categories: Creative and Analytical

The Sacramento State University One Book Program presents the One Amazing Thing Essay Competition based on Chitra Divakaruni’s novel, One Amazing Thing 

Two Categories: Creative Essays and Analytical Essays  

Essays should be between 750-1250 words and may have been submitted for a grade in a class during the 2012-2013 academic year. 

CREATIVE Category: fiction, non-fiction, memoir.
1st Place $100
2nd Place
Honorable Mention 

ANALYTICAL Category: scholarly, research, position paper, persuasive.
1st Place $100
2nd Place
Honorable Mention 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CAMP/One Book Culminating Event
One Book Program Spring Signature Event presented by CAMP

Students from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) present stories of one amazing thing. This is the culminating event of a year-long series of projects. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Story's in the Poem:
Poetry Reading sponsored by the Sacramento Poetry Center
One Book Program 2013 Essay Contest Awards Ceremony

The Story’s In The Poem: A reading and discussion on writing practice featuring four prominent Sacramento writers: Joey Garcia, Khiry Malik Moore, Marie Reynolds, and Danny Romero.

One Amazing Thing shows us how our stories define us, move us forward in life. How do poets reveal their own stories through their writing practice? Hear these four writers perform their poetry, both from the recent anthology Late Peaches, and from their other collections. Garcia, Moore, Reynolds, and Romero will also talk about why they write, and how their poetry tells the stories they need to tell. Bob Stanley, Lecturer in the CSUS English Department, moderates.




If you like to support the One Book Program, become a sponsor or partner!

Sacramento State University's One Book Program relies upon the generosity of our sponsors and partners. We are continuing to forge new sponsorships and partnerships. For more information about individual or corporate giving, please contact Dr. Hellen Lee, Faculty Coordinator, at hellen.lee@csus.edu. You may also make a gift here; be sure to select One Book Program on the drop-down menu.


last updated: February 5, 2013