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FREE “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

Factory Man

Students — Get a FREE copy of the 2015 Roanoke Valley Reads book, Factory Man! How?

  • Come to the top floor of Brown Library with your student ID or class schedule on Wednesday, October 14th
  • Ask for the book, Factory Man
  • If you’re one of the first 60 people to ask, you’ll get your own copy of the book for free!

Want to get it signed by the author, former Roanoke Times reporter, Beth Macy? Head to her Kickoff talk at the Jefferson Center later that evening on October 14th at 7pm. The “Factory Man” himself, John Bassett, III, will be joining her, and she will be greeting people and signing books after the event.

Brown Library and Student Activities have partnered once again to hold a book giveaway of the featured Roanoke Valley Reads selection. Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy.

Our Very Own Fugees on Wednesday

Are you an international student who’s interested in sharing some stories and/or photos of your home country? From the U.S. but interested in learning more about where other Virginia Western students are from? Come take part in Cultural Conversations on Wednesday, November 16th, from 1pm-3pm, in our Student Center (campus map). Music, food, and drinks provided!

Outcasts United book coverWe’d love to have you participate! You can do this by speaking and sharing your story as a refugee/immigrant or maybe talking about the differences between your home and Roanoke; you could also do a slideshow with photos of your home, perhaps with some details about where you’re from and what the situation was like there. If you’re more creatively-inclined, perhaps you might prefer to tell your tale through song or a poem or spoken work piece. We’d love to have some art as well, if anyone is so inclined. Please feel free to get in touch with Kalyca Schultz, kschultz at virginiawestern.edu, if you have any questions.

Co-sponsored by Student Activities and Brown Library, Cultural Conversations is being held in support of the Roanoke Valley Reads program, which has chosen Outcasts United:An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference, as its 2011 book. This book recounts some of the soccer team’s journeys from their homes to the U.S. and their struggles to adjust to life as resettled refugees.