OBOC 2021-2022

Two OBOC Books for 2021-2022

OBOC Fall 2021 Events:


All hikes begin at 8AM at the West Charleston Campus parking lot east of the "B" Building; we'll be departing at 8:10. Bring a mask, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, 1.5 liters of water, a snack or sandwich, your daypack. If you have one, bring your copy of A Black Women’s History of the United States and/or Just MercyWe will do a shared reading of one or two compelling passages. To join the hike, please email Jack Sawyer with a subject line "TOBOC Hike" and I'll add you to the list: limited to the first 15 people responding. All participants will be asked to sign a CSN “Field Trip Liability Waiver Form”—form will be available at the parking lot—if you are under 18 please bring a parent or guardian. 


Saturday, Sept. 11. Stanley B. Springs, Kyle Canyon, Spring Mountains. 3 miles round trip from 7000' to 7800' at the confluence and back with fabulous pines and firs and a beautiful stream. https://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/Mt_Char/StanleyB/_StanleyB.htm 

Saturday, Oct. 9. Calico Tanks Hike, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. 2.3 miles roundtrip from about 4200' to 4700' and back. https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/calico-tanks/ 


Saturday, Nov. 13. Ash Creek Spring, Red Rock Canyon NCA. About 2 miles, from 3800’ to 4300' and back. Riparian area with trees along the stream. https://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/Red_Rocks/AshSpring/_AshSpring.htm 


Saturday, Dec. 11. Mouse's Tank (less than 1 mile roundtrip) and White Dome Loop Trail (1 mile) Valley of Fire State Park. Petroglyphs and probably water in the natural water tanks. 



Just Mercy


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned.

Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.

One of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching — a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent.

A Black Women's History of the United States

A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry; Kali Nicole Gross 

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today. A Black Women's History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women's lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices- enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women's history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.

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CSN's One Book/One College Program

The One Book/One College program at CSN strives to foster a sense of community, creativity, and conversation through the mutual study of a common reading.

Faculty of all disciplines are invited to teach the book (or parts of the book) in their courses, and students and staff are invited to attend the many events related to the book.