A School for My Village  Events

The University of Florida Common Reading Program is excited to bring you several featured events for this year's CRP selection, A School for My Village. Be sure to mark your calendar for the following dates and events that you won't want to miss!

Spring 2014

From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream
January 28, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo's story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly -- sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one's ability to stay relevant in today's market.

Common Reading Program at the Harn for Museum Nights
February 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Join us for a celebration of art and culture from throughout Africa, with a special focus on the Harn exhibition KONGO across the Waters. Museum Nights feature free food, music, performances, creative opportunities and other fun activities. This Common Reading Program event will include special activities inspired by the 2013-2014 selection, A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka. For more information about Museum Nights, visit http://www.harn.ufl.edu/museumnights/. Please note that Museum Nights runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., however we will only be swiping for FYF credit until 8:00 p.m. Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Office of the Provost and Student Government.

Gators Give Back
March 11; 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
What have you done recently to give back? Whether your Gators Give Back Pepsi Grant proposal wins the contest or not, join us to learn how you can take small actions to make a difference. Explore how you can impact the Gator Nation through the areas of Heath and Wellness, Education, Community, and Waste Reduction. For more information on the Gators Give Back Pepsi Grant, please visit the official site at http://www.bsd.ufl.edu/G1C/zerowaste/Submit.aspx.


Fall 2013

New Student Convocation
August 19, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
New Student Convocation, a bookend to commencement (aka graduation), is the University of Florida’s official welcome for all new first-year students. As the one and only time all members of the class will convene, this event celebrates the class of 2017’s entry into higher education and inducts them in to a community of learners here at the University of Florida.
This event is mandatory for all new students.

[POZ]itive Lives
September 12, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
Hear an open account from journalist Regan Hofmann of what it is like living with HIV as one of its least likely suspects: a young, straight woman. Learn how becoming HIV-positive impacted her life and how she has used her diagnosis to advocate for positive change in global health.

Journey to Leadership
October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Union, Rion Ballroom
John Bul Dau endured the most extreme hardship during his youth and used it to transform his life and the lives of others in profound ways. From surviving the harrowing genocide of his people to leading hundreds of younger boys across Sudan, Dau shares his story as a Lost Boy and the life lessons that helped him and others through the most horrific of circumstances.

Diversity in Values
November 5, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom
While Kaguri talks about his Christian faith, here at the University of Florida our students have a range of values and beliefs. Learn about the assortment of values held by students and how you can get involved while at UF.

Gators Give Back at GatorNights!
November 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Reitz Union, 1st Floor Info Desk
GatorNights! and the Reitz Union will be transformed into a living expression of how you can give back to the community, both locally and in Nyaka. After you've spent some time giving back, refuel yourself as you prepare for the end of the semester.

Summer B 2013

Contemporary African Expressions: Gallery Talk
July 10, 6:30 p.m.
University Gallery, Fine Arts Building B
Imagine turning the everyday things around you, such as grass, into pieces of art. This is exactly what Mathias Tusiime does; creating canvasses from grass and sculptures out of found objects. Hear Mathias talk about his art and how, as the janitor for the art department at Makerere University in Uganda, he became an artist himself. Take some time out of your day to learn and see how art can be an expression of culture, values, and experiences.

Contemporary African Expressions: Ugandan Voices
July 17, 6:30 p.m.
Music Building Auditorium MUB 101
Not only is Mathias Tusiime a respected artist, but also a grounds man for the art department at Makerere University, the same University that Twesigye attended. Bring your questions about the Ugandan culture and have the opportunity to hear about life in Uganda today.

How to Love Grant Writing and Win the Money
July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Reitz Union, Rion Ballroom
Have an idea for a project, but not the financial resources to execute it? Learn about the grant process and how you can author a proposal to get the resources you need.