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This Week on Campus

Impress your Culture and Language or Literature instructors!  Get involved in helping on campus and in the community!  Support another student’s capstone project!

Details below…


CamusIn the library April 1-30, Digital Exhibit on Albert Camus, French Nobel prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. Today at 3:30 in the library, you are invited to join Dr. Helene Laroche-Davis, Lorenzo Giachetti, and NDNU  students in a panel discussion about his work.





ellisWednesday, April 16, 7:30PM. Book Reading by Thomas Sayers Ellis. Weigand Gallery.

“The ‘publishable’ American poem seems to have skipped over a certain amount of honesty, boldness, and activism in the name of “craft.” An identity repair poem is one that acknowledges that many of the tools in the “taught toolbox” need cultural improving.” Thomas Sayers Ellis

Invite your students, invite yourselves to a powerful and significant reading, performance, and cultural shakedown this Wed. the 14th, 7:30 in Wiegand Gallery. Book signing, reception to follow.
“In an edgy, urgent explosion of verse blended effectively with Ellis’s own photographs, Ellis challenges the very concept of literary culture—and of post racial society.”—Library Journal

“No doubt, this is a major book.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems is a bristlingly clever, obnoxious, didactic, and passionately sincere book. . . . There are many ways to approach the topic of American race (most poets choose by simply ignoring it) but Ellis is at once the most confrontationally bitter and the most idealistic poet of several decades. “—Tony Hoagland, American Poetry Review


food basketAn opportunity to serve :

Do you have a passion for helping people in your local community?

Can you take one hour out of your week to help end hunger on the Peninsula?

We are looking for volunteers – students, staff, faculty – to bring food from NDNU’s cafe to our community partner shelters in San Mateo and Redwood City!

There will be afternoon sign ups for the following dates:

  • Friday April 18th, 2014
  • Saturday May 3rd, 2014

If you are interested and have a reliable vehicle to drive food to a shelter,pleasecontact:Stephanie Przybus at with the day you’d like to volunteer. Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality Interns, Dorothy Stang Center and Bon Appetit. We thank you in advance for helping make this food distribution partnership possible!


red shoesAlso, don’t forget!  Human Services student Ryan McCann is doing a shoe drive for My New Red Shoes, a great organization that helps kids who wouldn’t otherwise to start school with new shoes, a new outfit, and essential supplies.  You can help by purchasing a new pair of children’s shoes and dropping them off in the box in Tabard Inn.

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Support My New Red Shoes

red shoesRyan McCann’s NDNU Senior Project and My New Red Shoes are hosting a Shoe Drive to provide Bay Area homeless and lowincome children with new shoes for school! The goal is 700 pairs of shoes!
How can you help?  See the information that Ryan provides below.
Why should you help?  Ryan explains the mission of My New Red Shoes.  It is a great cause that makes a difference to many children.
What we are collecting: Brand new sneakers from children’s size 9 to adult size 16!
 1)  Drop shoes at Tabard Inn (you can’t miss the large red bin)
2)  Purchase shoes online from the My New Red Shoes Wish list and have them mailed to My New Red Shoes. To access the wish list go to
3)  Donate online at Just make sure to mention Ryan McCann at NDNU in the company line!
Tax deduction: Your donations are taxdeductible!
WHY?: There are thousands of homeless children in the Bay Area. Providing the gift of new shoes in time for backtoschool not only increases their confidence to participate more fully in the school experience, but it provides a basic necessity that the family would not otherwise be able to afford. I am very proud to support our community.
My New Red Shoes serves thousands of homeless and lowincome children living in the San Francisco Bay Area every year. Each child receives a brand new pair of shoes, a $50 clothing gift card, and a special “Happy First Day!” card made by a volunteer offering support and good wishes for the new school year.
Thank you so much for your support of this partnership! Please contact me at r.e.mccann@gmail.comfor more information.
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