Common Read

The 57 Bus book cover

For its 2020 Common Read, the college has chosen Dashka Slater’s New York Time 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 will deliver the 2020 Mills Distinguished Lecture on Sept. 30. The event will take place in the Dewar Arena at the Alumni Field House.

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.

2020 Mills Distinguished Lecture

Dashka Slater
Dashka Slater

Sept. 30
Dewar Arena at the
Alumni Field House
No tickets required

 


Past Mills Distinguished Lecturers

Ayad Akhtar, 2019
Bryan Stevenson, 2018
Margot Lee Shetterly, 2017
Janet Mock, 2016
Ishmael Beah, 2015
Marjane Satrapi, 2014
Sherman Alexie, 2013

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