The 2017 FSCJ Author Series
What is the Author Series?
The annual Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Author Series Learning Community engages students around a published memoir and social issue that promotes academic discourse in higher education, to make a permanent and positive impact on the College and in the community. Students attend events in the Spring Term relevant to the memoir and the author visits in March are free and open to the public.
- Actively engage students in analysis of the world around them
- Develop our students’ critical thinking skills concerning current global topics
- Unite full-time and adjunct faculty, staff and students from multiple disciplines Collegewide
- Involve service learning endeavors and actively engage FSCJ students, faculty and staff in their local and/or global community
- Integrate learning community events, panels, lectures and activities throughout the course of the academic year leading up to the author’s visit
- Utilize technology and social networking to highlight the learning community and its endeavors
The social themes addressed each year are often sensitive and critical in today's world. The professors who adopt the text each year provide safe, respectful and reflective academic opportunities to discuss these issues and opportunities to participate in community service learning relevant to the topic. For example, during the Soft Spots learning community, hundreds of FSCJ students volunteered for the Wounded Warrior Project and packed transitional care packets for soldiers en route to medical care.
Past Books and Topics:
2009 - "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," Topic: Child Soldiers
2010 - "Welfare Brat," Topic: Poverty in America
2011 - "No Impact Man," Topic: Environment and Sustainability
2012 - "Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat," Topic: PTSD Awareness
2013 - "KaBoom! One Man Built a Movement to Save Play," Topic: Children's Health and Fitness
2014 - "Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Justice & Redemption," Topic: Racial Profiling
2015 - "Hero of the Underground," Topic: Substance Abuse Awareness
2016 - "The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return," Topic: Human Rights and Refugees