UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on May 24, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book Born a crime by Trevor Noah. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Register at http://tinyurl.com/ycjb2mlw to attend!
Born a Crime is an engaging, fast-paced and vivid read, traversing Noah’s early childhood, confined by the absurdities of apartheid, where he could not walk openly with either of his parents, where he was often closeted inside his grandmother’s two-roomed home, where he was mistaken for white, through to his troubled years at school, his brief incarceration and to his budding success as a hustler selling pirated CDs and DJing at parties.
Noah was “born a crime” because his Xhosa mother had conceived a child with a white Swiss-German, which was illegal at the time. And while Noah was born in 1984, in the turbulent dying days of apartheid (he was only six when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in 1990), the world into which he was delivered was riven with the deep scars of history.
UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on April 26, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Register at http://tinyurl.com/y8rjmjf9 to attend!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. Its title quotes the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 short story “Silver Blaze”. Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book,and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Unusually, it was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children.
The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties” living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher’s condition is not stated, the book’s blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that “Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger’s… if anything it’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder,” and that he, Haddon, is not an expert on autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome.
UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 22, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book Cubed, A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Register at http://tinyurl.com/y7c5ddy4 to attend!
(New York Times) How you work depends in large part on the spaces in which you work. This big theme is taken up by Nikil Saval in “Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace.” There is in fact nothing “secret” about this history; from the Civil War on, as the white-collar world grew, managers and designers thought out loud about where workers should sit, the furniture they should use, the walls and windows that should surround them. Instead of a secret history, Saval, an editor of n+1, has written something more interesting. He has infused a straightforward factual account with all sorts of literary, cultural and political insights; these make the story he tells more dark than dry.
On March 21st, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library, After Five Bell Tower Toastmasters will feature Bob Johnson, Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leadership Bronze, on the topic of “Be Audacious.”
Toastmasters is a very good organization for people that not only want to advance their professional careers but also want to improve their speaking skills in a very supportive environment.
Community Service Committee Meeting Agenda
Friday, March 16, 2018
11:30 AM – 12:30PM
- Welcome/Introductions/Role Call [[11:30-11:35]]
- University Call to Service Project/ Improvements to CS Committee Website/Community Service Leave Promotion Campaign Update [[11:35-11:50]]
- Planning for Events in 2017-2018 [[11:50-12:15]
- Update on other business [[12:15-12:25]]
- Questions/Final Comments [[12:25-12:30]]