One Book Program

Description

Program Overview: The One Book program engages our college community in dialogue on a range of issues. The program invites analysis, promotes critical thinking, and encourages positive change. Students, faculty and staff have the shared experience of reading a text and examining its effects upon our community. Aligned with the college’s mission, vision statement and institutional values, the One Book program fosters the very competencies and experiences we strive to provide for our student body and college community, particularly, “creating pathways and partnerships to promote student services” and “demonstrating strength through diversity.” The One Book project promotes literacy in an innovative way and creates interest within a subject that students may be encouraged to pursue and advocate for in the future.

Chosen Book for the Project:

A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

Overview of the Book: (From Amazon.com)

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina.

Here we meet Denise, a counselor and social worker, and a sixth-generation New Orleanian; “The Doctor,” a proud fixture of the French Quarter; Abbas and Darnell, two friends who face the storm from Abbas’ s family-run market; Kwame, a pastor's son just entering his senior year of high school; and the young couple Leo and Michelle, who both grew up in the city. Each is forced to confront the same wrenching decision–whether to stay or to flee.

As beautiful as it is poignant, A.D. presents a city in chaos and shines a bright, profoundly human light on the tragedies and triumphs that took place within it.

Awards and Recognition:

Best American Comics, 2010
Mother Jones Top Books of 2009
Daily Beast Recommends
New York Best Comics of 2009, Runner Up
MTV.com Best Nonfiction Comic of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle “Best in Comics”