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Dal Reads 2017/18

2017/18 Program

Title selection for Dal Reads 2017/18

We Were Not the Savages by Daniel Paul

In mid-September, books will be available at the front desk of any residence or in one of the Dal Libraries. 

If you're interested in a class set, contact marlo.mackay@dal.ca

Events 

MacRae Library celebrates Respect Week with the launch of Dal Reads

Join us as we present the Dal Reads pick of the year, We Were Not the Savages by Daniel Paul, and discuss the importance of Indigenizing our campus.

with: Elaine MacInnis, Associate University Librarian, Library Services and Head of the MacRae Library; Art Stevens, Manager, Indigenous Students; and Dr. Deborah Stiles, Assoc. Professor, Humanities

Tues., Sept. 26 10:15–10:45 a.m. Librarian's Corner, MacRae Library

Launch of Daniel Paul, Mi'kmaw Elder, a biography

with Jon Tattrie (author of Daniel PaulMi'kmaw Elder), Dr. Daniel Paul, and HRM Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas

 

Wed., Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m. University Hall, MacDonald Building
Public lecture with Dr. Daniel Paul Mon., Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Room 1009, Kenneth C. Rowe Building, 6100 University Avenue  

About

Dal Reads is designed to encourage people in the Dalhousie community to share their love of books. Launched in 2009, the program brings the Dalhousie community together through the shared experience of reading the same book and taking part in programming related to the book.

Programming may include author readings, book club-type discussions, film viewings, and other events and opportunities to celebrate a shared love of reading. In addition, Faculty members may choose to include the Dal Reads book in their course curriculum.

In 2015, the Dal Reads Steering Committee decided to focus on first-year undergraduate students. By selecting this group of students, Dal Reads aims to provide a common intellectual experience that will serve as both an introduction to Dalhousie University and to post-secondary academic life in general. We hope that this format will encourage lots of discussion and the development of exciting new and innovative programming.

Selection Criteria

A Dal Reads book:

  • must be written by a living author
  • must be able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas
  • must be appealing to a broad range of readers of varying ages, literacy levels, and life experience
  • must be in print and available for purchase in paperback
  • must be strongly written with elements that will generate excitement among readers.

 

Goals

Dal Reads aims to:

  • provide first-year students with a common intellectual experience that will serve as an introduction to both Dalhousie University and post-secondary academic life in general
  • encourage reading for pleasure
  • provide an opportunity for connection (students, faculty, staff, undergrads, grads, regardless of area of study)
  • provide a unique social activity
  • make reading a more social activity (as opposed to something one does alone)
  • provide an opportunity for the Dalhousie Libraries to promote the collection in a new way
  • connect with the curriculum and other university activities and interests

We look forward to seeing you around campus this fall with your copy of the Dal Reads selected book for 2016!

Dal Reads Titles 2009–2017

2009–2011 The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
2012 Twenty-Six, Leo McKay Jr. (partnership with One Book Nova Scotia)
2013 Fauna, Alissa York (partnership with One Book Nova Scotia)
2014 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
2015 A Year of Living Generously, Lawrence Scanlan
2016 The Hermit of Africville, Jon Tattrie
2017 We Were Not the Savages, Daniel Paul

Steering Committee

Donna Bourne-Tyson 

University Librarian

Kewoba Carter

Black Faculty & Staff Caucus Representative

Sarah Davis 

Access Services/Digital Initiatives, Dalhousie Libraries

Patti Doyle-Bedwell

Faculty, College of Continuing Education
Alex Hughes DSU VP, Internal Affairs
Margot Latimer Faculty, School of Nursing, Senate representative

Marlo MacKay (chair)

Communications Coordinator, Dalhousie Libraries

Shelley McKibbon 

Health Sciences Librarian, Dalhousie Libraries

Lindsay McNiff

Learning & Instruction Librarian, Dalhousie Libraries

Aaron Prosper Co-President of Dalhousie Indigenous Student Collective
Brandon Randall International Centre
Sarah Ready First Year Advisor
Jolene Reid Document Delivery/Government Documents, Dalhousie Libraries
Isaac Saney Director of the Transition Year Program (TYP)

Karen Smith

Special Collections Librarian, Dalhousie Libraries

Hannah Steeves Law Librarian, Dalhousie Libraries
Art Stevens Aboriginal Student Advisor