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Provost launches an invitation to join the One Book, One Community program |

Stony Brook University provost and executive vice president for academic affairs Paul Goldbart invited the Stony Brook community to participate in the One book, one community program. His message is as follows:

Dear Stony Brook Community,

Communities are defined more by conversations and shared experiences than by geographic boundaries. At Stony Brook, we regularly celebrate this idea at performing arts and gallery openings, guest lectures, launch ceremonies and sporting events. We, the Stony Brook community, can benefit by inviting each other to share our ideas and experiences. We are part of a large network and I think we are doing better.

I invite you all to join me in the One book, one community program – a new way for us to connect. As part of this program, we will celebrate and strengthen our community bonds by reading and discussing Chinatown interior, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller by Charles Yu, author of Westworld. Chinatown interior explores race, pop culture, immigration and identity with heart, anger and spirit.

Sharing this book should provide us with opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds and experiences, and promote conversations about community values ​​and goals, as well as to learn from each other.

Copies of Chinatown interior are available free of charge and can be picked up at various times and locations, on and off campus. Please pick up your copy and join us for a conversation with author Charles Yu on Wednesday October 6.

Learn more and view the full calendar of events. All events are free and open to campus and to the public.

I encourage you to share this invitation with your own communities, on campus and beyond. I look forward to connecting with you and our neighbors as we share and discuss ideas for Chinatown interior.


Paul M. Goldbart
Provost & Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs

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