Book selectio​​ns for academic year 2014–15

  • The Good Earth
    by Pearl S. Buck
    “Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes."
  • The Geography of Nowhere
    by James Howard Kunstler
    "Traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots."
  • Seedfolks
    by Paul Fleischman
    "Thirteen very different voices and perspectives—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood."

About the DelVa​l Book Community

With the introduction of The DelVal Book Community in 2010, Delaware Valley College joined hundreds of colleges and universities across the country in their efforts to promote literacy and interdisciplinary dialogue across their campuses and throughout their communities.

The DelVal Book Community is an extra-curricular common reading program that jumpstarts incoming students’ college experience, challenges current students to confront important issues of the day, and joins the entire college community in conversations and events devoted to the topics, themes, and controversies presented by the selected works.

Over the course of the next two semesters, this program will be supplemented by community-wide forums, faculty roundtables, student discussion groups, film and lecture series, and other on-campus events. This Fall, the Book Community will be directly integrated in the first-year DelVal Experience courses, which will engage students in learning strategies, critical thinking, analytical research writing, and problem-based, career-minded experiential learning. Although the books may not be "required reading" for all students throughout the academic year, everyone is invited to participate in these important social activities and cultural events—all of which are free and open to the public.

The ​Goals

The DelVal Book Community strives to fulfill all of the college's Core Values, especially the expectations that students and professors "value the world of ideas and differences," and "act as one learning community with one purpose," for "we are all invested in one another's success and intend to make a difference in the world!" Becoming active in the DelVal Book Community is as simple as reading, thinking, and discussing these works.

  • Introduce incoming students to the expectations of higher education
  • Promote cultural literacy, intellectual curiosity, and problem-solving across multiple disciplines
  • Foster life-long learning, communication, and collaboration on campus and throughout the local community

Topic and Themes: "This Land Is ..."

In keeping with Delaware Valley College’s long tradition of agricultural education and our annual sustainability symposium, The Precarious Alliance, this year’s books focus on the topic of LAND, which includes all of the social, economic, environmental, industrial, and historical concerns associated with the ground beneath our feet.

Upcoming Events

  • "Weekend Welcome: Student Success Overview" 
    This presentation, which will also include representatives from Student Success, the Writing Center and the Library, will introduce students to the DelVal Book Community.

    When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 (10:00 AM)
    Where: Moumgis Auditorium, Student Center
    Who should attend: All incoming first-year students and transfer students
    Cost: Free
  • "Weekend Welcome: Student Interest Trips to Local Bucks County Attractions"
    Students will have the opportunity to tour the Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark—the home of The Good Earth author—as well as walk the grounds of the estate, check out the gift shop, and visit Buck's gravesite. To learn more about Pearl S. Buck and this significant cultural site click here.

    When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 (10:00 AM–2:00 PM)
    Where: Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark in Perkasie, PA
    Who should attend: All incoming first-year students and transfer students
    Cost: Free. Register for this trip during Welcome Weekend.
  • "Scholarship and Service: Pearl S. Buck International" (featuring Erika Sands, Director, Pearl S. Buck House)
    An informative introductory presentation on life and philanthropic legacy of Pearl S. Buck. Per its Mission Statement: "Pearl S. Buck International provides opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, builds better lives for children around the globe and promotes the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark home." Come out and learn more about the important work PSBI is doing, and how you can get involved.

    When: Date and time to be announced
    Where: TBA
    Who should attend: Open to the public.
    Cost: Free
  • Multicultural Week (Fall 2015)
    Dates and details forthcoming
  • The Precarious Alliance: Land
    When: October 2015

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