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Hostos Reads!: Academic year 2020-21

Books in Common, Books in Community

Welcome Back to the Spring 2021 semester!  We are happy to continue these lively discussions based on short, free online readings by a variety of interesting voices who are speaking out about our world through a range of genres.  Join our very own Prof. Juan Soto Franco in acrostic poetry writing activity and learn why he chose to respond to the tragic murder of George Floyd through poetry.  Read and discuss these voices as they respond to history as it unfolds around us.

-- Lisa Tappeiner and Silvia Reyes, co-facilitators of Hostos Reads!

Our spring semester line-up features writings in various genres freely available online.

Date and Time

Text

Author

Wednesday, February 10, 3:30-4:30 Grief is Purgatory (personal essay) Imani A. Dawson
Wednesday, March 10, 3:30-4:30 Ghost Language (graphic essay) Hasanthika Sirisena
Wednesday, April 7, 3:30-4:30 Abuela Stories Project (essays/website) various authors
Wednesday, April 28,  3:30-4:30 George Floyd (acrostic poem in English and Spanish) Prof. Juan Soto Franco

 

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester!  This year, Hostos Reads! will be conducted remotely using a variety of texts that are freely available online. Although our format has changed a bit, we still hope these texts generate discussion to help keep our community strong and connected.  Join us for a fall line-up of essays, poetry, and stories.  Our kick-off will feature a hopeful and heartbreaking Facebook post by a familiar voice. 

-- Lisa Tappeiner and Silvia Reyes, co-facilitators of Hostos Reads!

Our fall semester line-up features writings in various genres freely available online.
 

Date Time Text Author
Wednesday, September 30 3:30-4:30 Facebook post on the death of her aunt (April 5, 2020) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wednesday, October 14  3:30-4:30 The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (short story) Ursula K. Le Guin
Wednesday, November 11 3:30-4:30 Trayvon Redux and This is not a small voice (poetry) Rita Dove and Sonia Sanchez
Wednesday, December 9 3:30-4:30 You do not belong here (essay) Jaquira Diaz

 

About Hostos Reads!

Hostos Reads! is a year-long common reading project facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. It is designed to foster a spirit of inquiry and community across disciplines and across campus.  We welcome anyone who works or studies at Hostos to join the Hostos Reads! community.