Stony Brook University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Goldbart has extended an invitation to the Stony Brook community to take part in the One Book, One Community program. His message is as follows:
Dear Stony Brook Community,
Communities are defined more by conversations and shared experiences than by geographic boundaries. At Stony Brook, we celebrate this idea regularly at performing arts and gallery openings, guest lectures, commencement ceremonies, and athletics events. We, the Stony Brook community, can benefit by inviting one another to share our ideas and experiences. We are part of a broad network, and I believe we are better for it.
I invite you all to join me in the One Book, One Community program — a new way for us to connect. As part of this program, we shall celebrate and strengthen our community ties by reading and discussing Interior Chinatown, a National Book Award winner and a New York Times best seller by Charles Yu, author of Westworld. Interior Chinatown explores race, pop culture, immigration, and identity with heart, anger, and wit.
Sharing this book should provide us with opportunities to meet people of different backgrounds and experiences, and promote conversations about community values and goals, as well as learn from one another.
Copies of Interior Chinatown are available for free and can be picked up at a variety of times and locations, on campus and off. Please pick up your copy and join us for a Conversation with the Author, Charles Yu, on Wednesday, October 6.
Learn more and view the full calendar of events. All events are free and open to the campus and the public.
I encourage you to share this invitation with your own communities, on campus and beyond. I look forward to connecting with you and our neighbors as we share and discuss the ideas of Interior Chinatown.
Paul M. Goldbart
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs