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NEA Big Read: IRSC Reads Brother, I'm Dying: Calendar of Events

Information about the 2017 Big Read at Indian River State College on the Treasure Coast of Florida. We will read Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying. Check here for activities and updates to events for anyone who wants to attend.

Events

What’s Your Story?

IRSC’s NEA Big Read: Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat

Indian River State College will hold events in support of the award of a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant in the Spring 2017 semester. Students, staff, and community members will have the chance to attend events structured around Edwidge Danticat’s brilliantly written memoir Brother, I’m Dying, which chronicles the author’s life in Haiti and the United States, and her close relationships with her uncle and father.  

Themes include health care, family connections, and immigration, and will lead readers to consider larger questions: How do you tell your own story? How do you listen and empathize with the stories of others?
 

Tuesday, January 3 at the Hobe Sound Public Library of the Martin County Library System

Book Club

Hobe Sound Public Library, 1 p.m.

This group meets the first Tuesday afternoon of each month. Join them on January 3 as the group discusses Brother, I'm Dying. http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?eventid=2600

 

Wednesday, January 4 at the Lakewood Park Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System

Lakewood Park  Book Discussion Group

St. Lucie County Public Library, 3 p.m.

This group meets the first Wednesday afternoon of each month. Join them on January 4 as the group discusses Brother, I'm Dying. All Library discussions are open to the public and offered at no charge. A limited number of Library copies of each selection are available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis in print or as e-books. http://stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/community-services/library/book-discussion-groups

 

Week of January 30

January 31st at 12:30 pm at the Pavilion on Main Campus (the Gazebo area in front of the Library)

NEA Big Read & Just Read, Florida!

Danticat Block Party

Join IRSC Libraries, CCG, and other Indian River State College departments for an introduction to IRSC’s NEA Big Read title Brother, I’m Dying, and the Just Read! Florida Initiative’s Krik? Krak! Learn more about Haiti with cultural performances, food, and activities, and learn about all the different ways you can join in the NEA Big Read events throughout the months of February and March.  

The first 50 attendees will also receive a free copy of Brother, I’m Dying.

 

February 1st at 2:30 pm in N135 on Main Campus

What’s Your Story? An Introduction to the IRSC NEA Big Read

Main Campus

Indian River State College kicks off the NEA Big Read grant period with a faculty-driven panel that will provide an introduction to Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat and a lively discussion on the importance of telling your own stories through creative means and empathizing with the stories of others. Student and community panelists will also sit on the panel and provide the opportunity for further discussion.
 

Week of February 6

Pictorial Exhibition and Jour des Aieux Oral History Project: Main Campus

Visit the Library this week to check out the Pictorial Exhibition and be a part of our Jour des Aieux Oral History Project, powered by StoryCorps. We’ll provide questions (and space!) for you to interview a friend or classmate about their families and stories for inclusion in the #IRSCReadsDanticat collection. Don’t have a partner? Come and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Week of February 13

Pictorial Exhibition and Jour des Aieux Oral History Project: Pruitt Campus

Visit the Library this week to check out the Pictorial Exhibition and be a part of our Jour des Aieux Oral History Project, powered by StoryCorps. We’ll provide questions (and space!) for you to interview a friend or classmate about their families and stories for inclusion in the #IRSCJourdesAieux collection. Don’t have a partner? Come and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Tuesday, February 14

Book Discussion Prima Vista Site, Port Saint Lucie, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Pruitt Prima Vista Campus! All are welcome. Attendees will also have the opportunity to add their own story to the Jour des Aieux Oral History Project.

 

Wednesday, February 15

Book Discussion Pruitt Campus at 8:15 a.m.

Location: Schreiber Center

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Pruitt Campus! All are welcome. Attendees will also have the opportunity to add their own story to the Jour des Aieux Oral History Project.
 

Week of February 20

Pictorial Exhibition and Jour des Aieux Oral History Project: Dixon Hendry Campus

Visit the Library this week to check out the Pictorial Exhibition and be a part of our Jour des Aieux Oral History Project, powered by StoryCorps. We’ll provide questions (and space!) for you to interview a friend or classmate about their families and stories for inclusion in the #IRSCReadsDanticat collection. Don’t have a partner? Come and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Thursday, February 23

Book Discussion Pruitt Campus at 12:30pm

Location: Schreiber Center

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Pruitt Campus! All are welcome. Attendees will also have the opportunity to add their own story to the Jour des Aieux Oral History Project.
 

Week of February 27

Pictorial Exhibition and Jour des Aieux Oral History Project: Chastain Campus

Visit the Library this week to check out the Pictorial Exhibition and be a part of our Jour des Aieux Oral History Project, powered by StoryCorps. We’ll provide questions (and space!) for you to interview a friend or classmate about their families and stories for inclusion in the #IRSCReadsDanticat collection. Don’t have a partner? Come and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Friday, March 3

Book Discussion Chastain Campus

A101, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Chastain Campus! All are welcome. Attendees will also have the opportunity to add their own story to the Jour des Aieux Oral History Project.
 

Week of March 6

Pictorial Exhibition and Jour des Aieux Oral History Project: Mueller Campus

Visit the Mueller Campus this week to check out the Pictorial Exhibition and be a part of our Jour des Aieux Oral History Project, powered by StoryCorps. We’ll provide questions (and space!) for you to interview a friend or classmate about their families and stories for inclusion in the #IRSCReadsDanticat collection. Don’t have a partner? Come and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Thursday, March 2 at the Port St. Lucie Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System

Lakewood Park  Book Discussion Group

St. Lucie County Public Library, 3 p.m.

This group meets the first Thursday afternoon of each month. Join them on March 2 as the group discusses Brother, I'm Dying. All Library discussions are open to the public and offered at no charge. A limited number of Library copies of each selection are available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis in print or as e-books. http://stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/community-services/library/book-discussion-groups

 

Thursday, March 2 at the Fort Pierce Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System

Fort Pierce Branch Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group

St. Lucie County Public Library, First Floor Meeting Room 6 p.m.

This group meets the first Thursday of each month. Join them on March 2 as the group discusses Brother, I'm Dying. All Library discussions are open to the public and offered at no charge. A limited number of Library copies of each selection are available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis in print or as e-books. http://stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/community-services/library/book-discussion-groups

 

Tuesday, March 7

Book Discussion Mueller Campus

Richardson Center, 1 p.m.

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Mueller Campus! All are welcome. Attendees will also have the opportunity to add their own story to the Jour des Aieux Oral History Project.

 

Wednesday, March 8

Book Discussion Mueller Campus

Brackett Library, 6:30 p.m.

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Mueller Campus! All are welcome. Attendees will also have the opportunity to add their own story to the Jour des Aieux Oral History Project.  
 

Week of March 20

Pictorial Exhibition and Jour des Aieux Oral History Project: Tomeu Center and Blackburn, Main Campus

Visit the Tomeu Center this week to check out the Pictorial Exhibition and be a part of our Jour des Aieux Oral History Project, powered by StoryCorps. We’ll provide questions (and space!) for you to interview a friend or classmate about their families and stories for inclusion in the #IRSCReadsDanticat collection. Don’t have a partner? Come and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Monday, March 20

Miley Library, L220, 8 am

Book Discussion Main Campus

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Main Campus! All are welcome.

 

Tuesday, March 21

Miley Library, L220, 8 am

Book Discussion Main Campus

Join IRSC in a book discussion for the NEA Big Read at the Main Campus! All are welcome.

 

Thursday, March 23

V110, 2:30 pm

Stones in the Sun: A Community Film Viewing

Join IRSC’s Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning in a showing of Stones in the Sun, a film written and produced by Patricia Benoit that highlights the struggles a family faced when they emigrated from Haiti to New York City.
 

Week of March 26

Monday, March 27

V110, 1 p.m.

Create Dangerously: An Afternoon with Edwidge Danticat

Join award winning author Edwidge Danticat for a lecture on Brother, I’m Dying and the creative process during the closing event of the IRSC’s NEA Big Read program! Danticat’s numerous awards include a 1999 American Book Award, a 2011 Langston Hughes Medal, and a 2009 MacArthur Genius Grant.