After a successful two years, Huron1Read is ready to welcome the class of 2022 with this year’s selection, Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis.
Huron1Read was introduced in the summer of 2015 with the award-winning book The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris and followed by Trillium Book award-winner, The Truth About Stories by Thomas King, and last years Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote. The program was developed as a way to introduce first-year students to academic life and further foster a sense of community among students, faculty and staff at Huron. Huron1Read was incorporated into orientation week and select first-year classes, with capstone events featuring student interaction with the authors. In the case of Michael Harris, the author visit featured several first-year students sharing their classroom work with the author, discussing various themes arising from the book. Thomas King visited Huron in January, where the capstone event was centered around an open-panel discussion, where students and other audience members could ask King questions about the book directly. Ivan E. Coyote gave a candid talk in the Huron Library, and Rae Spoon performed a live set for Huron students, staff, and faculty.
One student participant, Elise Geschiere, offered the following feedback on her experience with Huron1Read:
“The Huron1Read program is a very unique aspect of Huron’s campus life. The Huron1Read program gave me the opportunity to be a part of a sort of project, if you will. I was given the opportunity to speak in front of an audience, present my ideas, and engage with the author. As well, I was able to work with people to edit my paper and have it published in an online journal,” says Elise. “[The Huron1Read experience] was something I did not expect to partake in during my first year of university, but it was something I am proud of and was happy to have been engaged in.”
It is thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Doug Raymond, a proud Huron alumnus, class of 1985, a Huron Foundation Trustee and a loyal donor to Huron University College, that the Huron1Read program will continue to flourish.