Thank you for participating in our Fall 2013 Semester Events with Kij Johnson. Go to the Events Tab to learn about upcoming Spring 2014 Semester Events.
We need your help choosing next year's book!
Below are the 4 titles that have been forwarded by the Selection Committee for campus community voting. We've included samples (pdfs), potential program options and book trailers [videos] when available. Voting will be open through Thursday 3/13. When you are ready to vote, follow on of the VOTE NOW! links.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California. This exciting day-by-day account of their journey together is a rare blend of science, philosophy, humor and high-spirited adventure.
Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leeland Myrick
Richard Feynman was an American physicist, Nobel winner, bestselling author, and safe-cracker. In this substantial graphic novel biography, Ottaviani and Myrick present the larger-than-life exploits of a Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century.
Sometimes we're always really same-same by Mattox Roesch
This is the coming-of-age story of a young transplant to an Alaskan village, and explores the painful transition from adolescence to adulthood, the differences between religious and spiritual truths, and the nature of mental illness. It also takes up that age-old question of whether or not the people who we think are crazy might be the sanest among us.
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
A million listeners trust NPR's Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the complexities of the modern media. This vivid graphic novel guides us through two millennia of media history, debunking the notion that "The Media" is an external force beyond our control and equipping us to be savvy consumers and shapers of the news.
One Campus, One Book is the common reading program at UAS-Juneau. The program grew out of the Student Success Forum with the goal of helping foster community and compassion on campus and in the first year (2010) featured David Issay's Listening is an Act of Love. A corresponing campus oral history project ( The UAS Listening Project) collected the stories of students, faculty and staff. In 2012 the program was formalized, a selection committee established and in 2013 program goals and criteria were drafted.
The UAS One Campus, One Book program will:
- Begin an exploration of interdisciplinary approaches
- Create opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom.
- Foster student, staff and community participation and identification as contributing members of an intellectual community.
- Promote reading and "foster a page-turning togetherness".*
*based on DC We Read 2009
Criteria for book selection:
- The extent to which the book matches program goals (touches on interdisciplinary perspectives and has the potential for integration into curriculum, is not too challenging in terms of reading level or topic).
- Has the potential for a variety of related program (themes).
- The book won’t have likely been assigned reading during high school.
- Accessibility: The book is between 250-350 pages in length, engaging, college-level reading and not a text-book
- Accessibility: is available currently in paperback
- Accessibility: bulk ordering of the book won’t require a reprint of the title.
- The author may be available to visit campus (within our modest budget).
Core Planning and Selection Committee:
Anne Wedler, Assistant Professor of Art, Co-chair
Jonas Lamb, Assistant Professor of Library Science/Public Services Librarian, Co-chair
Carol Hedlin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Sara Minton, Assistant Professor of English
Sheila Dyer, Grant Assistant, School of Education
Veronica Narvaez, Spring 2014 Intern
Anne Thomas, Spring 2014 Student Rep
Under Development for 2014-15
|Alaska Native Studies|
|Outdoor Skills and Leadership|
We are currently reviewing books for 2014-15 Academic Year and have our short list of 4 titles available for community voting through March 12th. VOTE NOW.
Do you know of a great book that could create community and conversation on campus through the OCOB program? If so, the Selection Committee invites you to submit your idea for the next book. We look forward to adding your nominations to the ongoing consideration pool. Please keep in mind the program goals, selection criteria and we'd love to hear your ideas for related programming.
The OCOB Student internship will provide students with experience in the management, marketing and promotion of arts and culture events by assisting in the production of the campus-wide common reading program, One Campus, One Book and related campus and community events. This internship will also incorporate independent networking around the City and Borough of Juneau with the purpose of determining how arts and culture organizations develop, budget, staff, coordinate logistics, and evaluate their programs and events. Duties vary between Fall and Spring Internship opportunities and each interested student is encouraged to work with their faculty advisor and OCOB faculty sponsors to adapt the internship to meet their program needs. The OCOB internship can be adapted to meet a variety of programatic needs including Humanities, Communication, English and more. Student interns can also choose to enroll at either 291/391/491 levels and typically for 3 credits (requires 150 clock hours).
Objectives: One objective of the internship will be to provide the student an opportunity to actively participate in the management, marketing and promotion of an arts and culture event.
- Attend regular OCOB committee planning and other related meetings/trainings (budget/CMS).
- Review and critically evaluate potential book titles for selection
- Assist in book orders and author visit planning
- Create promotional materials, surveys and content for print, web (CMS training provided) and social media
- Assist in event scheduling and event logistics.
- Develop written and oral communication skills by discussing and promoting OCOB programs and events with students and in the community
- Develop confidence and communication skills serving as coordinator of correspondence and communication with invited author, publisher and other guest speakers/performers.
Questions about the internship? Contact Jonas Lamb (email@example.com) or call 907-796-6440
Information about previous OCOB selections and links to audio/video when available.
2013: At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
Kij Johnson visited the Juneau campus for a series of class visits, the one-night only production of a staged reading and an Evening at Egan Lecture.
John Marzluff, author of Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans will present a different perspective on this year's OCOB theme of human-animal communication and communicating with the other at a Sound and Motion Lecture on April 18th, 2014.
2012: Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer
Karsten Heuer and Leanne Alison visited the Juneau campus for a series of lectures, film screening and classroom visits. Gwich’in elder Randall Tetlichi was elder-in-residence on the Juneau Campus and gave another perspective on related themes.
Gwich’in elder Randall Tetlichi presented an Evening at Egan lecture, Egan Library: Nov. 9th 2012 [watch ]
Leanne screened the related film, Egan Lecture Hall followed by a Q&A, Nov. 15th 2012 [watch]
Karsten presented an Evening at Egan lecture, Egan Library, Nov. 16th 2012 [watch]
Sarah Ray, OCOB 2012 Committee Chair
2011: The Truth About Stories by Thomas King
2010: Listening is an Act of Love by David Isay