Common Read Main Event
Student Panel- 9:30-10:45am Student Presentations
The Student Union Theater on Thursday, Oct 24, the final day of Common Read. Approximately 505 students arrive for the first event at 9:30am. Later at the 11am Q&A with Komunyakaa, there would be over 700 students. The Student Union Ballroom and Media Room are used for overflow while live-streaming allows students to participate in the events.
Dr. Hanson, head of the English Department, introduces the student panel, which includes award-winning art pieces and essays.
Dr. Chance Harvey's class presents a humorous, shortened performance of Komunyakaa's verse play Gilgamesh.
Yusef Komunyakaa, Q&A- 11:00a.m. - 12:15p.m.
By 11am, over 700 students have arrived at the Student Union Theater, Student Union Ballroom and the Ballroom's Media Room for Komunyakaa's Q&A.
Pictured above, students in the main ballroom using live-stream to participate in the Q&A.
At the 11am Q&A, author and poet Yusef Komunyakaa answers audience questions about poetry.
Civil Rights in Southeast Louisiana: An Oral History- 2:00-3:15p.m.
At 2pm, the Student Union fills again for the Civil Rights panel. Among the audience are honorary guests from the Bogalusa and Southeast Louisiana community.
Mrs. Marvella Moore, an honorary guest, watches. The presentation is dedicated to her late husband Deputy Oneal Moore's widow
Speakers include Dr. Michelle Brown, Deputy Chief Olander Smith and Dr. Mackie JV Blanton. They share stories relevant to the history of civil rights in the local area.
Dr. Michelle Brown tells stories of her family and how educational opportunities have changed over time.
Speakers honor the memory of Deputy Sheriff Onleal Moore.
Deputy Chief Oleander Smith of the Washington Parish tells of the difficulties facing an African American in his line of work.
Dr. Mackie JV Blanton gives insights into the civil rights movement throughout his life and, in particular, his teaching career at University of New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.
Speakers also answer audience questions toward the end of the hour.
Yusef Komunyakaa, a native of Bogalusa, honors the civil rights movement with his own stories and poetry.
Pictured above, Komunyakaa signing books after the Civil Rights panel.
7:00-8:00p.m. Yusef Komunyakaa, reading and Q&A, book signing and reception.
The English Board and Writing Center set up a reception, including author book signing, food and pamphlets.
Pictured above, the Student Union Theater waits for the final event of the day.
Komunyakaa giving dramatic readings of selected poems and answering questions from students.
The poet signs copies of his work after the Q&A.
A long line waits for autographs. Meanwhile, students sign in for their classes. Many have asked the poet questions for their own research.
After the event, students are treated to Subway sandwiches provided by the Writing Center.