Forum Meeting Hightlights 9/3/2014

Join us for The Ocean at the End of the Lane

gaimanUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 26, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

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8/15 #UNCstaff Social Media Scavenger Hunt Tweets

Employee Forum Meeting Highlights 8/7/14

Join us for Social Media Scavenger Hunt

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All UNC staff are encouraged to participate in our social media scavenger hunt on August 15, 2014. Here’s how to participate:

1. Login to your twitter account and follow @employeeforum.
2. On August 15, 2014 follow #UNCstaff for clues about where to find prize vouchers around campus. If you see an envelope that says #UNCstaff fill out the enclosed card and drop it in campus mail to redeem your prize!
3. Take a selfie and tweet it using #UNCstaff. We want to see pictures of our hardworking employees across campus!
4. Follow #UNCstaff on August 18, 2014 to find out what prize you’ve won.

All those who fill in the card and send it in to the Employee Forum office will be entered in a drawing to win a kindle!

Click here to download a flyer to share in your department.

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Join us for The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

heartofawomanUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 24, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for their rightful place in the world. In the meantime, her personal life takes an unexpected turn. She leaves the bail bondsman she was intending to marry after falling in love with a South African freedom fighter, travels with him to London and Cairo, where she discovers new opportunities.

The Heart of a Woman is filled with unforgettable vignettes of such renowned people as Billie Holiday and Malcom X, but perhaps most importantly chronicles the joys and the burdens of a black mother in America and how the son she has cherished so intensely and worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.

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Summer 2014 issue of inTouch out now

Read the latest issue of inTouch online here.

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New book selections added through April 2015

We are pleased to announce new book selections through April 2015! Mark your calendars and look for registration links closer to the meeting dates. All book club meetings are scheduled to take place at Bulls Head Book Shop. Books can be purchased at a discount online or in store at Bulls Head.

September

• Friday, September 26, 2014 at noon– The Round House by Louise Erdrich (registration)

October

• Friday, October 24, 2014 at noon– The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

November

• Wednesday, November 26 at noon– The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

December-January (no meeting in December)

• Friday, January 30, 2015 at noon– The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

February

• Friday, February 20, 2015 at noon — Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

March

• Friday, March 27, 2015 at noon– Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

April

• Thursday, April 30, 2015 at noon– Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

 

 

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September book selection: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

roundhousecoverUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on September 26, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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August book selection: Nickel and Dimed

nickeldimedcoverUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on August 29, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes “undercover” as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job — any job — can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly “unskilled,” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors.

Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich’s perspective and for a rare view of how “prosperity” looks from the bottom. You will never see anything — from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal — in quite the same way again.

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