CVCC Launches Interdisciplinary Read Sept. 30

Blood Done Sign My Name book cover imageCatawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read Committee has selected “Blood Done Sign My Name” by Timothy B. Tyson for its annual read.

The first in a series of discussions on the book will be held Sept. 30, at noon in the East Wing Auditorium on the Main Campus in Hickory.

Social sciences faculty member Amy Bechtol will discuss the misconception that a harmonious society must abandon its unique backgrounds and assimilate to become a homogeneous culture. Entitled “Equal Does Not Have to Mean the Same: The Value of Ethnic Identity,” Bechtol’s talk will address how a common set of values and/or a shared purpose can create a concentric core, allowing for both diversity and harmony.

Published in 2004, “Blood Done Sign My Name” is an autobiographical work of history that deals with the 1970 murder of a black man by whites in Tyson’s (then) hometown of Oxford, N.C. The book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, chosen for the 2005 UNC Summer Reading Program, and won the Grawemeyer Award from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

A North Carolina native, Tyson is a senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School.

Tyson will give a public reading on the CVCC campus March 3.

Other topical discussions held this fall include:

Oct. 21 – Melissa Neal, Criminal Justice Planning Manager for Mecklenburg County, will discuss research on the disproportionate number of minorities involved in North Carolina’s criminal justice system as well as efforts by jurisdictions to eliminate unfair and unjust practices.

Nov. 18 – Kim Stinson, theatre faculty member, and her students will give a dramatic presentation.

Dec. 9 – Screening of the feature film “Blood Done Sign My Name.”

Community members are invited to join in each of the sessions.

For more information, contact Donna Ross, 828-327-7000 x 4111, ordross@cvcc.edu.

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