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Everybody Reads: Civic Engagement Breakfast, Understanding the Diverse Human Landscape in Metropolitan Portland, Our Workforce Needs, and PSU's Innovative Classroom Responses
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 9:00am to Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:30am

Everyone reads the same book—and then comes to Portland State to talk about it. That’s the goal of Multnomah County Library's annual Everybody Reads program, sponsored in part by PSU.

Through schools, lectures, discussion groups, and author visits, and with thousands of copies distributed for free at county libraries, Everybody Reads has become a success story of its own.

The 2012 Everybody Reads selection is The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin, 2010) by Heidi W. Durrow, a New York Times bestselling author, and a graduate of Portland’s Jefferson High School.


Civic Engagement Breakfast: Understanding the Diverse Human Landscape in Metropolitan Portland, Our Workforce Needs, and PSU's Innovative Classroom Responses
Tuesday, February 14, 8:30-10 a.m.
Dalton Miller-Jones, Professor Emeritus Psychology will provide an overview of newly released data describing racial inequalities throughout the metro region. Following, Miller-Jones will facilitate a panel discussion with leaders from several of our region's largest employers on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in today's workplace:

  • Rich Smith, Vice President  for Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente
  • Joshua Todd, Director, Commission on Children and Families, Multnomah County
  • Claudia Valderrama, Global Chief Financial Officer, Wieden & Kennedy
  • Grant Yoshihara, Vice President of Utility Operations and Chief Engineer, Northwest Natural Gas

Hosted by the Center for Academic Excellence and the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion at PSU. Refreshments will be served—RSVP to 503-725-5642 or caestaff@pdx.edu.

All Everybody Reads events are free and held at the PSU Library, 1875 S.W. Park Ave., Rm. 160, unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is a compelling debut novel about growing up biracial and bicultural in a mostly black community during 1980s Portland, Ore.

For more information and additional resources, as well as locations to pick up a free copy of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, visit www.multcolib.org/reads.  

 



Support for Everybody Reads at PSU comes from the Department of English, PSU Library, Center for Academic Excellence, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Auxiliary Services, University Honors, Department of Sociology, School of Social Work, Department of Black Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Health and Counseling, Department of World Languages and Literatures, Research and Strategic Partnerships, and University Communications.