FCC Hosting Author Visit and Sessions for “There There” by Tommy Orange


FCC is hosting the first of three virtual sessions this fall for its Campus Book Discussion, which is part of an ongoing series that invites participants to discuss social, political, and cultural themes in a book chosen each semester. One session will include a virtual conversation with the book’s author.

The book chosen this semester is “There There,” by Tommy Orange. According to the Penguin Random House website: “One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.”

More information on specific sessions is below.
Discussion Sessions:
Monday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Listening to the Native Voices in There There for Indigenous People’s Day
Location: Via Zoom
Facilitators: Dr. Andrea Dardello and Professor Anne Hofmann
Wednesday, November 3, 11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m.
Identity and Storytelling: The Role and Importance of Popular Culture
Location: Via Zoom
Facilitators: Professor Ramon Jones & Dr. Aaron Clayton
Wednesday, December 1, 11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m.
Meet the Author: A Virtual Conversation with the Author Tommy Orange
Location:  Via Zoom
Facilitators: Dr. Kathy Brooks & Professor Ramon Jones
Students, faculty, and staff are welcomed to attend the following discussions, which focus on themes in the book.  Reading the book is strongly recommended but not required for participation. Please RSVP to Thanh Thanh St-Johns at [email protected] to receive the Zoom link for a session.