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'Wine to Water' chosen for IU East's One Book, Many Voices project

Aug. 7, 2013

When Doc Hendley became aware of the global water crisis, the North Carolina-based bartender wanted to help. 

Hendley mobilized his network of colleagues, family and friends to raise funds. He then traveled to Darfur, entered some of the most dangerous areas in the region with little training or support, and started the work that led to his nonprofit organization, Wine to Water

Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley

Hendley's book about the journey, "Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World," is IU East's selection for the second year of the campus's One Book, Many Voices project, starting this month.

"Wine to Water" fits in well with the One Book project's mission, said Katherine Frank, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and organizer of the project. IU East launched the project in the fall of 2012 to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform and inspire action toward positive civic engagement.

Frank said the One Book, Many Voices project was inspired by the community conversation being motivated by such initiatives as Positive Place, an initiative that connects and applies the expertise of an IU East faculty member with a strategic community issue in the Richmond and Wayne County region.

The area has seen conversations turn to action through the help of the January BOOST/Positive Place event featuring Jim Walker, founder and president of Big Car in Indianapolis, Frank said.

"Jim Walker emphasized the importance of seizing the opportunity for ‘quick wins’ to help the community; we have seen such ‘quick wins’ in the form of new community organizations like Sprout of Control, community events like City Life and community spaces like IU East’s new downtown gallery and art studios," she said.

In addition, Richmond, Ind., received a Stellar Communities Designation from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

"We are excited about the opportunities for positive change that this will bring," Frank said. "Doc Hendley’s story and message are timely and will allow us to think more about how each of us can act in order to produce positive change in our lives, community, region and the world.”

"Wine to Water" tells the story of how one individual, who possesses the willingness to act, can have a profound impact on the world.

The One Book project will take place from August through December 2013.

Hendley will visit Richmond and speak at an event open to the public Nov. 13 at IU East as well as at the campus’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on Nov.14.

Free tickets for the Nov. 13 event are now available at the Office of the Bursar, in Whitewater Hall.

Community partners have already started discussing One Book intersections with existing and new events: Helping Young Professionals Engage Richmond will donate a portion of the proceeds from its annual wine tasting event, “For the Love of Grapes,” to Wine to Water. Area book clubs plan to read the book, and other related events are being planned that will be included on the project website and community calendar.

Books are available for purchase at the IU East bookstore and can be borrowed at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.

Frank called last year's One Book, Many Voices project "a tremendous success," with more than 20 community partners and 50 events.

“We hope to exceed these impressive numbers this year and are confident that the themes in this book and its author will resonate with the campus and the community," she said. "'Wine to Water' is an inspiring read.”

For more information about the project, please contact Katherine Frank at kpfrank@iue.edu.

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