Arts & Innovation

One Book, One College

What is One Book, One College (OBOC)?

Initiated in the 2004-5 academic year, OBOC is a college-wide reading program with a goal to create an on-campus reading community that encourages reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness, and multicultural understanding.

Each year the OBOC committee chooses one special book to be read by students, faculty, and staff. Workshops, discussions, lectures, and other related activities are organized around the selected book during the Fall and Spring Semesters of that year. Faculty members are encouraged to incorporate the selected book into their classes across the curriculum when feasible. Events culminate in the much-anticipated annual author visit to campus.

Participation in OBOC is not limited to Cumberland's campus, however. OBOC invites community members to read its “One Book” and welcomes them to attend the annual author visit and book signing on a first-come-first-served basis.

This Year's OBOC

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

Ms. Jenoff will visit CCC on October 17th at 7 pm in the Luciano Theatre, Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center as the highlight of the 2018-19 program. Students, staff, and community members are welcome to attend free of charge as space permits.

Committee Members

Karen Arenz  (OBOC Secretary, Technical Assistant, Humanities)
Josh Austin  (Developmental Education Support Coordinator)
Judy Cirucci  (Chair, Instructional Designer)
Jan Hanselman (Social Science Faculty)
Nancy James  (Communications Assistant)
Karrol Jordan (Social Science Faculty)
Sharon Kewish (Past Chairperson, English Faculty)
Richard King (Librarian)
Renee Post  (Journalism Faculty)
Sandra Reid  (Nursing Faculty)
Linda Scully (SEM Administrative Assistant)
Pat Sink (English Faculty)

Previous Selections

  • 2017-2018 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • 2016-2017 Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
  • 2015-2016 The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • 2014-2015 Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • 2013-2014 A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls Lanier
  • 2012-2013 Faithless by Joyce Carol Oates
  • 2011-2012 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • 2010-2011 The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  • 2009-2010 Strong Medicine Speaks by Amy Hill Hearth
  • 2008-2009 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • 2007-2008 Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
  • 2006-2007 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • 2005-2006 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • 2004-2005 The Color of Water by James McBride