Portland State University is a co-sponsor of Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2012. Everybody Reads is a community reading project to encourage discussion of issues that matter and celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community.
The tenth annual Everybody Reads selection is The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community in Portland, where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
The University Library has about 100 copies of the book available at the Circulcation Desk (Millar Library, first floor). These special copies may be passed on to others, so encourage your friends, coworkers and neighbors to participate.
Everybody Reads Events at the University Library
Admission to events is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Literary Round Table
Monday, February 6, 6pm
Portland State University professors Maude Hines (English), Ann Marie Fallon (Honors) and Inger Olsen (World Languages and Literatures) lead an in-depth discussion of Heidi W. Durrow's novel.
Center for Academic Excellence Civic Engagement Breakfast: Catching The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Tuesday, February 14, 9-10:30am
Join PSU campus and community partners to a) briefly learn about the state of our Metropolitan region regarding diversity, social indicators, etc, and b) to dialogue with PSU faculty who have intentionally and effectively integrated the topic of diversity into formal PSU curricula. This engaging gathering is designed to inform, inspire, and challenge all of us to be better teachers, learners, and actors in our classrooms and in our community. With Portland State University Professor Emeritus Dalton Miller-Jones (Developmental Psychology) and PSU Chief Diversity Officer Jilma Meneses.
Growing Up Biracial
Thursday, February 16, 7pm
Join a panel of biracial adults from the Portland State University community as they talk about childhood experiences. With PSU Assistant Professor Ethan Johnson (Black Studies), graduate student Adrienne Croskey and student Kevin Thomas.
Child-Rearing and Identity
Tuesday, February 21, 6pm
Portland State University professors Martha Balshem (Sociology) and Alma Trinidad (Social Work) and psychologist Cheryl Forster (Student Health and Counseling) will discuss issues related to identity and development.
Portland's Albina District: Retrospect and Prospect (Room 160)
Wednesday, February 29, 10am
Join Portland State University Associate Professor Karen Gibson (Urban Studies and Planning) for a panel discussion with long-time Albina residents.