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Join us for a series of timely conversations on the US Carceral System & Inequity 

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery
to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
by Susan Burton & Cari Lynn

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

  • Books are free to current GRC students while supplies last. If you are not reading one of our titles in class and want to join in, please email and let us know what book(s) you are interested in!  
  • You do not need to have read the books to attend talks.  


OneBook Series | Winter 2020-2021

Winter Quarter 

Dreaming of Justice, Working for Freedom! 

Feb 24, 1-3 PM: GDEC-ODEI Diversity Educational Series 

Presented by One Book author, Susan Burton 

Susan Burton shares her journey from incarceration to supporting over 2,000 women find their freedom, dignity, and purpose to leading a global model for change

Registration is required:

(In collaboration with One Book, GDEC, ODEI, Student Life, & GRC Reentry Program) 

The Innocence Project 

January 13, 1-3 PM: GDEC-ODEI Diversity Educational Series 

Presented by Huwe Burton 

One Book Events Fall Quarter 2020  

Imagining a Prison to College Pipeline: A Conversation with FEPPS Co-Founders Shajuanda Tate and Tonya Wilson 

Thursday Nov 19 12-1, One Book Brown Bag Series 

(in collaboration with the GRC Reentry Program & FacHouse) 

Presented by MarcBarrington, GRC English Faculty and former University Beyond Bars Instructor & guests, Shajuanda Tate, FEPPS Advisory Board and Tonya Wilson, FEPPS Board of Directors 

Second Chances: Retribution and Reform 

Wednesday November 4, 1-3 pm GDEC-ODEI Diversity Educational Series 

(in collaboration with GDEC, ODEI, & GRC Reentry) 

Presented by Jeremiah Bourgeois, Journalist, Legal Scholar, and Activist

 In 1993, Jeremiah Bourgeois was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime he committed as a fourteen-year-old. Join us as Mr. Bourgeois talks about the path that led to his twenty-seven years of incarceration, his ultimate transformation and release from confinement, and his trials and triumphs during the reentry process. Mr. Bourgeois is currently earning his Law Degree at Gonzaga University and is an advocate for criminal justice reform. 

 The Juvenile Prison Pipeline 

Thursday October 29, 12-1 pm One Book Brown Bag Series 

(in collaboration with the GRC Reentry Program & FacHouse) 

Presented by Jashon A. Banks, Sr., Ph.D. Criminal Justice Faculty & guest, James Curtis, JD, Defense Attorney 

 Black Lives Matter: The Racial Justice Uprising and Movement 

Wednesday October 21, 1-3 pm, GDEC-ODEI Diversity Educational Series 

 (in collaboration with GDEC, ODEI, Student Life, & GRC Reentry) 

 Mass Incarceration in the Land of the Free 

Thursday Oct 8, 12-1 pm: One Book Brown Bag Series  

(in collaboration with the GRC Reentry Program & FacHouse) 

Presented by Kate Lawson Rogers, Sociology Faculty  

Did you know we have the highest incarceration rate in the world?  Ever wonder how we got here?  Would you like to learn more about why people were protesting, and what defunding the police actually means?  Join Kate Lawson as we look at some of the historical policies and practices that have shaped our current criminal justice system, as well as how we can help push for a more equitable future. 

One Book Research and Resource guide 

Questions or Contact

For more information on the One Book series, contact Jody Segal, faculty librarian, at

Resource Guides

Students can find additional resources on the Holman Library Libguides website.

Past Events

Papers: Conversations with Undocumented Youth

Screening, Panel and Q&A with Filmmaker and Undocumented Youth Leaders
November 4, 2-4 p.m. in the SU Grand Hall

In partnership with the Social Justice Film Series

The documentary film “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” was produced by Portland-based Graham Street Productions and has screened in all 50 states, at the US Capitol and was broadcast on public television stations nationwide. Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers.” Currently, there is no path to citizenship for most of these young people. The film premiered in 2009 when very few undocumented young people were public about their immigration status. The five young people featured in this film (Monica, Jorge, Juan Carlos, Simone and Yo Sub) risked arrest, detention and deportation simply for telling the truth about their lives.

The accompanying book, “Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth” is a collection of 30 stories by undocumented youth who range in age from 10 to 32. The writers sent these stories to Graham Street Productions during the production of the film.

The film’s director, Anne Galisky, will facilitate a conversation after the film screening on November 4 with undocumented youth leaders from the Pacific Northwest.

One Book Brown Bag Talk Series – Fall 19

Cosponsored by FacHouse - All talks are from 12-12:50 p.m. in SH-110

October 17
“Do Developed Nations Have An Obligation to Developing Nations?”
Rebeka Ferreira, Philosophy

According to Lifeboat Ethics--a metaphor for overpopulation and overconsumption--wealthy nations [in the lifeboat] have no moral obligations to help those in poverty [who are drowning]. The steady increase in migrant and refugee traffic over the past few years, especially as it relates to climate change and political conflict, sheds new light on this ethical dilemma. If the poverty of poorer nations is at least partly a consequence of the actions of wealthy nations, do wealthy nations carry responsibility? In this talk, we will explore the arguments on either side of resource distribution.

Recommended Resources:

  • Garrett Hardin's "Lifeboat Ethics" and
  • William Murdoch & Allan Oaten's "Population and Food: A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics"

November 14
“Francophone Heritage, African Voices and U.S. immigration”
Lisa Luengo, French & Spanish - with guests:

  • Issa Ndiaye is an accredited Department of Justice Representative who works with individuals and families to provide legal consults, investigate eligibility for immigration relief, help petition their family members, and apply for green cards.
  • Aïsha Kone is a student born in Congo, who grew up in the Ivory Coast, and immigrated to the U.S with her parents. She studied economics at Washington State University and Global Trade and Logistics at Highline College.

Presenters will speak on the hopes, expectations and dreams for West African immigrants, and the impact of losing one’s language and country.

December 5
“Intersecting Borders and Bridges: Mobility as Home in Twenty-first Century Literature”
Michael Moreno and Lina Pittser, English

This presentation explores how works of literature both dislocate and redefine twenty-first century constructions of borders and geographical crossroads in determining the meaning of home and the sense of place. As a global phenomenon, how does migration impact the ways in which communities are (re)formed and transnational perspectives of power and agency shifted? What is the role of literature in articulating this process? Our discussion will include Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth and Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers among other narratives, both domestic and international.

One Book Contact: Jody Segal at Holman Library
Students may pick up free copies of Behold the Dreamers and Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth at Holman Library

Empathy in a Time of Chaos: Immigration and the American Dream

Wednesday, February 19
6 - 8 p.m.
Student Union Grand Hall (SU-100)

Cosponsored by the Artist and Speaker Series

Followed by moderated Q&A then reception and book signing.