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Open Books - Open Minds

Seventh Annual Open Books - Open Minds Student Conference

Join us on April 13, 2018, for a day featuring student projects inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me.
View more details and the call for papers, posters, and panels here:

Our keynote speaker is Angie Thomas​, author of the bestselling novel The Hate U Give, the 2018 book selection for Reading Across Rhode Island, sponsored by the Rhode Island Center for the Book. Tickets for registration (FREE!) are going fast, since many area high school students are coming for the event.

Be sure to book your registration soon!​

Spring Events

Be sure to check out all of the events we have planned for this spring!

Click to view the spring events poster​.

Spring Film Series

13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (2016)
Wednesday, February 14, 2 - 4 p.m., Faculty Center Classroom (Donovan)

Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay (2014)
Wednesday, March 28, 2 - 4:30 p.m., Gaige Hall 200

Click to view Film Series poster.

RSVP on the Facebook event pages:

2018-2019 Book Selection Voting Now Open!

Please help us choose the 2018-19 Common Book! After a year of soliciting input, discussions, and meetings, we have arrived at a wonderful selection of three works of fiction:

  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (2015)
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017)
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

You can find descriptions at the link, and once you have reviewed the books, vote for the book you would like to see become the Open Books-Open Minds 2018-19 selection!

Voting ends March 15, 2018.

Thank you to all who voted!

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce that the
2017-2018 Common Book is:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Coates shares with his son--and readers--the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.


Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have copies of Between the World and Me and all ten shortlisted books for your reading pleasure! The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections as we narrow the list for campus-wide voting, which opens at the end of the fall semester.

Please follow this link to cast your vote by March 15, 2018: ​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: February 14, 2018