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IU East to launch One Book, Many Voices project with Dave Isay book

Aug. 15, 2012

IU East will launch the inaugural "One Book, Many Voices" project on Aug. 24.

The project mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge and inspire action toward positive civic engagement and improvement. The featured book is “Listening Is an Act of Love,” edited by Dave Isay, founder of National Public Radio’s Storycorps Project.

Dave Isay

Dave Isay | Photo By Harvey Wang

The diverse and far-reaching themes in this collection of oral histories and the emphasis on self-awareness, sense of place and personal history are well suited to foster dialogue and feature intersections among people, places and projects throughout the community.

Books will be available for purchase at the IU East Campus Bookstore and available for borrowing at the Morrisson-Reeves Library. The project is scheduled to run Aug. 24 to Dec. 3. In addition to reading groups and a variety of campus and community events, the project will also include a visit by Isay. He will speak at an event open to the public Oct. 16 at IU East as well as at the university’s annual scholarship luncheon Oct. 17.

Katherine Frank, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, introduced the idea of a one book project to IU East after participating in a similar project at her former institution.

"One Book projects are an extremely powerful way of engaging people in a communitywide discussion about themes and ideas important to community development and personal growth. When planning such a project, it is essential to find a book that appeals to a diverse audience, is relevant to the community as a whole and integrates easily with existing and new programming," Frank said. She added that bringing the author or editor to the community where the book is featured is also important to the success of such projects.

"Not only is Dave Isay a well-known and prize-winning producer, he is also the founder of the Storycorps Project, which has a positive history in Richmond due to the efforts of Girls Inc. of Wayne County," Frank said. "We are thrilled that he will be traveling to our community in October and spending a generous amount of time here sharing his experience and expertise."

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