On January 23rd, Jason Reynolds appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
As you can see in the video above, Reynolds connects with the need to write books that serve young readers from all communities. At the 2:39 mark he comments “I am of service to young people.” He writes authentic stories for young readers. His aim is to serve the young adult community by writing books that provide them stories to explore difficult but real topics, meaningful topics to them.
The One Book selection, All American Boys, which Reynolds co-authored with Brendan Kiely, deals with police brutality, racial profiling, and the difficult choices two young boys must make as members of their community. These are real issues experienced by and affecting our students today. As educators we love that Reynolds’ real stories support literacy development and a love of reading. In creating stories that people want to read, they read. In reading and finding conversation they want to engage with, they discuss, they write, they read more.
The One Book Committee is excited to welcome Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely to campus on March 27th (7pm in SMC MPR). We hope students, staff, faculty, and community members join us at this event to hear more from Reynolds and Kiely on how they wrote this book with “rage and love” to help readers work through the events that are shaping their lives.
On September 13, Aasif Mandvi visited Millersville’s campus and offered his perspectives as a Muslim living in the United States. He read stories from his memoir, No Land’s Man, discussed his experiences playing the role of Amir in the One Book One Campus play Disgraced, answered questions from the audience, and signed copies of his book. He engaged with students from Career and Life Studies, Black Student Union, NAACP, Student Senate and faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the Lancaster community.
Consider submitting your proposal for the Open Space Project:
Open Space is a call for student artists, musicians, designers, singers, writers, spoken word artists, DJ, dancers, filmmakers, composers, theatre makers, DIY creative types, and anyone (individuals and groups) with a brave, creative spirit – to fill an empty physical space (art gallery, stage, or some totally untraditional venue including any spot outdoors) with original creative work, and earn a $500 stipend and up to $1500 to spend on materials and production. The space is open for the realization of your artistic vision based on the organizing theme of “We The People.” This theme is drawn both from the fact that this is a Presidential election year but also from the One Book/One Campus Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. For more information, see the application form below. Good luck!