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Help Scholars April 5 & 6

The HSU/CR Book of the Year committee is proud to present visiting Mississippi natives and civil rights scholars Dr. Tiyi Morris and Dr. Emilye Crosby to discuss the controversy and context surrounding Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help. Drs. Morris and Crosby will be appearing in the Forum Theater on CR’s main campus 1-3pm, Thursday, April 5.

The next day, Friday, April 6, they will appear at HSU 2-4pm in the Kate Buchanan Room.

Both events are free and open to the public. Drs. Morris and Crosby are both affiliated with The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy in Jackson, Mississippi, a nationally recognized center for research and analysis of the Civil Rights Movement.

Gladwell’s Outliers is the HSU/CR 2012/13 Book of the Year!

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell has been chosen as the 2012/13 Book of the Year. The HSU Library has a copy in print as well as E-book copies available on HSU Library Kindle Fires.

Campus Showing of The Help a Success!

A pre-Oscar screening of The Help brought the campus community together in Founders Hall 118 on Friday, February 24th. Afterwards Laurie Winter, Book of the Year instructor, facilitated a conversation about its “Oscar-worthiness,” as well as controversy surrounding the book and the film.

The Help & 2012/13 Nominees Available on Kindle Fire at HSU Library!

HSU Library’s 11 Kindle Fires have The Help, all six books nominated for the 2012/13 Book of the Year, and more.

  • When the killing’s done by T. C. Boyle
  • The Wal-Mart effect: how the world’s most powerful company really works, and how it’s transforming the American economy by C. Fishman
  • Outliers: the story of success by M. Gladwell
  • Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by M. Kurlansky
  • The Buddha in the attic by J. Otsuka
  • The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by R. Skloot

Two New 2012/13 Nominees Added!

The joint College of the Redwoods & Humboldt State University Book of the Year Committee has decided to add two more non-fiction nominees to the original four:

CR and HSU staff, faculty and administrators are currently reviewing the six nominations in order to provide feedback to the committee. Check back here in mid March to find out which of these titles will be next year’s Book of the Year!

2012/13 Book of the Year Nominees Named

The HSU/CR Book of the Year Nominees for 2012/13 are:

Two novels:
When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Two non-fiction titles:
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Stay tuned.

Help Speakers! April 6th at HSU’s KBR

Tiyi Morris and Emilye Crosby will speak about The Help at HSU on April 6th at the Kate Buchanan Room. They will speak at College of the Redwoods on April 5th. Stay tuned for more details.

Both have researched and published on the topic of civil rights activism in Mississippi in the sixties, the setting for The Help.

Emilye Crosby is Professor of History at SUNY Geneseo where she has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Carol Harter Mentoring Award, and the Spencer Roemer Supported Professorship. She is author of A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi, which was awarded the Mississippi Historical Society McLemore Prize and the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Honorable Mention and editor of Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement.

Tiyi Morris is an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in African & African American Studies and Liberal Studies from Emory University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. Dr. Morris has an interdisciplinary research and teaching focus that combines the fields of American History, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her work has appeared in Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party (IU Press, 2007), Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Struggles in America, (NYU Press, 2005) and the International Journal of Africana Studies. Dr. Morris is currently working on a book about the Mississippi based, civil rights organization Womanpower Unlimited.

#BeTheHelp Campaign by National Domestic Workers Alliance

The National Domestic Workers Alliance launched its #BeTheHelp campaign this week to coincide with the December 6th release of The Help DVD. Check the links to learn more.

Plus, check out this video:

Help Is… from TakePart on Vimeo.

No Stockett Visit

Unfortunately, Kathryn Stockett will not be visiting us in the spring. Plans are underway to invite speakers who can critically discuss the issues presented in The Help.