For its 2021 Common Read, the college has chosen Dashka Slater’s New York Times best-seller and non-fiction narrative The 57 Bus, which recounts an assault on a municipal bus in Oakland, California, and how it affected its perpetrator and victim, both teens. The 57 Bus earned the 2018 Stonewall Book Award and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor.
Slater is an Oakland-based writer and journalist. She has received the Wanda Gag Read-Aloud Award and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her reporting has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine and Mother Jones.
SUNY Oneonta’s Common Read advances diversity by encouraging students to examine and better understand topics such as equity, inclusion, and personal history through many lenses. It aims to further infuse cultural literacy into our academic program by asking the campus community to read a diversity-related book, which then is discussed in fall courses across several disciplines.
Slater delivered the Mills Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 18, 2021.
The Mills Distinguished Lectureship is named to honor the memory of Professor Albert Mills and his wife, Helena. Their bequest to the College at Oneonta Foundation led to the establishment in 1988 of a fund to bring prominent speakers to our campus.