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The Providence College Freshman Common Reading Program now has a Facebook page. "Like" the page to learn more about the program and to receive updates and event listings.

1twitter.jpgAlso, you can follow the Common Reading Program on Twitter by going to @friarbook

​Win a Prize

The three students who post pictures to Instagram using a #friarbook hashtag from the most FCRP events throughout the year will be eligible to win a prize!



Film & Lecture/Q&A
American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Moore Hall Room I

Armed with nothing but their curiosity and a camera, couple Sarah and Greg set out to critically explore American culture, compassion, and fear by relying on the kindness of strangers for a home each night. Traveling through 30 states in 60 days, they spend every day in a new town, learning why people may or may not be willing to open their homes. Sarah and Greg spend time getting to know their hosts - each uniquely, culturally American - while the film raises questions about how we define American identities. American Bear captures Americans yearning for face-to-face connections and navigating the risks inherent in sharing their stories with strangers.

Co-sponsored by the Board of Programmers and the Freshman Common Reading Program

Inside Outliers: Films to Make You Think
Steve Jobs – One Last Thing
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Guzman Hall Room 250
Dinner will be provided

Few men have changed our everyday world of work, leisure and human communication in the way that Steve Jobs, Apple's former CEO, has done. The scope of his impact was evident in the outpouring of tributes from around the world — voiced on Twitter as well as through makeshift memorials in front of Apple stores — following his death, from complications of pancreatic cancer, on October 5, 2011. Steve Jobs – One Last Thing not only examines how his talent, style and imagination have shaped all of our lives, but the influences that shaped and molded the man himself. 

Freshman Family Weekend

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Peterson Recreation Center, Lower Level

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will offer his personal greetings and official opening remarks to families of the Class of 2018 during Freshman Family Weekend. The winners of the FCRP essay contest will be announced and prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. In addition, former PC hockey standout and Olympic gold medalist Vicki Movsessian Lamoriello ’94 will discuss how her PC experience prepared her for a life of meaning, purpose, and victory — on and off the ice. She also will share her personal connection to Outliers. At PC, Vicki learned the value of perseverance and found a warm, welcoming community — important ingredients to her successful career. In 1998, she played for Team USA, which earned the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in women’s ice hockey. She is the founder of the Massachusetts Spitfires and Rhode Island Sting girls hockey clubs.

The event is co-sponsored by The Office of College Events and the Freshman Common Reading Program.

Inside Outliers: Films to Make You Think
One Day in the Life of a Rice Farmer
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Slavin Overlook Lounge
Dinner will be provided

For many, a bowl of rice is a simple trip to the supermarket. Rarely do we think about the production of our food. One Day in the Life of a Rice Farmer shows a typical day in the life of a rice farmer and the laborious process of rice farming. From cultivation to sale the visuals give you a sense of the strenuous, manual, and monotonous work in the rice paddies. Every step and actor in the process is part of an efficient, self-sustaining system. This is not only a video, it’s an experience! Jeffrey Kotz, adjunct instructor of finance, will lead the post-film discussion.

Becky Curran
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Ruane LL05

Becky Curran, a PC alum, was born an achondroplastic dwarf. She spent six years working in the entertainment industry, including assisting with the casting for pilots and television series produced by CBS Television Studios, before moving back to the east coast. Today, she is passionate about finding a way to change how little people and all people with disabilities are perceived in the media, which ultimately influences the opinions of society as a whole. Through motivational speaking, she encourages people to change their initial negative perceptions of people with physical differences by proving that they are as capable as anyone else.

Co-sponsored by the Board of Programmers and the Freshman Common Reading Program

Past Events

Academic Convocation
Dr. Keith W. Morton, professor of1morton.gif public and community service studies, was the featured speaker at Academic Convocation. In his talk, “Campus and Community,” he discussed the importance of community on campus and in the neighborhood, referring to the volunteer work by PC students in the Smith Hill neighborhood. Dr. Morton also touched upon the topics of community and meaningful work within the context of Outliers.

Freshman Common Reading Program

New Students Get Their Copy of Outliers

Students in the Class of 2018 and transfer students at Providence College are reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success, during the summer, and will discuss it in August when they return to campus for orientation. An essay contest and online discussion will be featured as well. Read more.

Class of 2018 Common Reading: Outliers: The Story of Success

1outliers.gifOutliers: The Story of Success, the runaway best-selling third book written by The New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell, has been selected as the Freshman Common Reading Program book for the 2014-15 academic year. It will be read by all incoming members of the Class of 2018 and new transfers.

About Outliers [from]:
There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them--at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

About the Author:
Malcolm Gladwell has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Witho1malcolm_gladwell.gifut Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). All five books were on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Born in England and raised in Canada, Gladwell came to the U.S. after receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, Trinity College. From 1987 to 1996, he worked as a reporter, covering business and science for the Washington Post, and was then appointed as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine. In 1999, his profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and, in 2005, Gladwell was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.

1zipke.gifPoint of View

"Various Gladwell titles were recommended, but Outliers seemed like the best fit for PC. There is a chapter for everyone, so we hope students from all the disciplines will find something interesting in it."

Dr. Marcy Zipke
Associate Professor of Education

1zapata.jpg"This book is accessible and a wonderful exercise in critical engagement in material. It shows us that we need to probe deeper into things we take for granted. His approach demonstrates to us the importance of asking further questions."

Rafael Zapata
Associate Vice President
Chief Diversity Officer

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