Books & Beyond Fundraising Dinner featuring Michael Uslan!

Books & Beyond Fundraising Dinner featuring Michael Uslan!

For over five years, the Books & Beyond Service-Learning Project has provided thousands of student-authored books for Kabwende Primary School students in order to address the book famine in Rwanda, Africa.

This month, as we continue to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, we want to also celebrate the work that our volunteers have done in this project.

The Batman films producer Michael Uslan (and friend of the B&B Project), will give a keynote address at the event. You won’t want to miss it!

Get your tickets from B&B Faculty Director Vera Marinova. Email her at vmarinov@indiana.edu for more information.

$10 for students
$20 for non-students

Leave a comment

April 17, 2014 · 12:16 pm

Portraits of Reconciliation – New York Times Article

Yet the practical necessity of reconciliation does not detract from the emotional strength required of these Rwandans to forge it — or to be photographed, for that matter, side by side.

 

 

Leave a comment

April 7, 2014 · 12:43 pm

IU Cinema Presents: Sometimes in April

 

 

6113052_orig

 

 

Indiana University Cinema Presents: Remembering Rwanda Film Series
Starting April 1, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
IU Cinema 1213 E. 7th Street

Get your free tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office or IU Cinema Box Office.

Click here for the Sometimes in April trailer

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

IU Film Series: Remembering Rwanda

In April, 20 years ago, a genocide began in Rwanda. In just 100 days, nearly a million people died, and the country was changed forever.

Next month, the Books & Beyond Project is sponsoring a film series in remembrance of the lives and events that took place before, during and after the genocide that shook the world.

 

1980429_722541511099788_1923868527_o

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Reflections on Favorite Stories

What is your favorite story and why? What makes a story special and unique?

B&B members Hannah, Taylor, Khaffeon, Inayah, Nidrea and Laura posing for a picture before the IU students leave TEAM Academy on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

B&B members Hannah, Taylor, Khafeeon, Inayah, Nidrea and Laura posing for a picture before the IU students leave TEAM Academy on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

“My favorite story is a story that I co-worked with my old writing partner Dakota. The story was about a princess who lived far away with her mother. The princess had been arranged to marry a prince of her parent’s choice, but the princess didn’t want that for herself. She meets a bird in a nearby tree who symbolizes who she is. Although the bird had wings and could go anywhere, it had never learned to fly so it never traveled. In the end, both the princess and the bird left the kingdom to follow their dreams.

A story is special and unique when it is relatable with a moral that teaches an important lesson.”  – Nidrea, TEAM schools student

“My favorite story is Simba’s Mane. This is my favorite story because it shows how people, or better put, animals have role models. In Simba’s Mane, his dad was his role model. In my life my dad is my role model.

A story is special and unique when it has a theme that people can relate to. I think it is important for your reader to be able to connect to what they are reading about.” – Khafeeon, TEAM schools student

“My favorite story is The Pact by Jodi Picoult. It’s about a boy who is on trial for the death of his girlfriend. He did not kill her, but the only way people will believe him is if he proves his love for her. The characteristics of a good story are a solid plot and an interesting storyline. A story that leaves the reader in suspense are always the most interesting.” - Inayah, TEAM schools student

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Reflections on storytelling and education

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison 

What impact could happen if you shared your own story? 

“If and when people share their story, multiple things can happen. Not only do you gain a better understanding of the person in the story, but you also learn things about yourself as an individual. Simple solutions to common problems can also be found while reading someone else’s story.” – Taylor, IU student

“I think it all depends on who you share your story with. For example, if you share it with your friends, it’ll probably have a big effect. Also, if you’re sharing with your friends, depending on what type of person you were in the story, then the affect can be positive or negative. When you share your own stories, people who can relate to problems may finally have the encourage to stick up and say something rather than just continue to endure in things whether negative or positive.”           – Kamil, TEAM Schools student

Kamil and Taylor work together on editing stories in the intensive editing workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Kamil and Taylor work together on editing stories in the intensive editing workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”  – George Washington Carver 

“In the world that we live in today, in order to be in a high-paying job, you have to get an education. You need to go to college to get the education you need in order to be successful in life. Without it, you may be stuck in jobs you wouldn’t want. Education is a step one must take in order to be successful.” – Ny-Asha, TEAM Schools student

“Education transforms the lives of those who choose to fully embrace it and immerse themselves in it. Education really is a golden door. It is something that makes a person go from living one kind of life to another. Without it, your life is drastically limited in what you can do.” – Crystal, IU student

B&B editing partners bond during the intensive editing workshop on Saturday, January 18

B&B editing partners bond during the intensive editing workshop on Saturday, January 18

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Support the Books & Beyond Project Today!

At our partner school, Rwanda’s Kabwende Primary School, our student-authored books are usually the only books they own. For six years, our project has given 10,000 books to Kabwende Primary School. Help us give 2,000 more to students who need it!

We are raising $2,000 by March 1st. We have raised already $1,167! Help us reach our goal today by donating on our Go Fund Me page! 

380184_291234610897149_232510113_n-2

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized