Open Books-Open Minds at Rhode Island College

Open Books--Open Minds is the Rhode Island College common book program.

This initiative brings together first-year students early in their first semester at RIC, and links them with upper-level peers, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and the greater Rhode Island community through book discussions and participation in a rich array of programs and activities. A series of lectures, round-table discussions, and film screenings will culminate in the Second Annual Op

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Art Director’s pick: FILM 335 12/05/2023

Check out this recent article in The Anchor about the Film Studies web series Disappearing Act!

Art Director’s pick: FILM 335 Sierra Tanzi Art Director *Possible spoilers ahead* In student filmmaking, where creativity intertwines with ambition, The Anchor Newspaper embarks on a riveting journey behind the scenes of a captivating cinematic creation. Today, we sit down with the minds behind a student-made film, delving into....


RIC Film Studies and Open Books - Open Minds present an original, 3-part web series: Disappearing Act!

The series was inspired by the themes of loneliness and seeking connection explored in this year's common book, Seek You, by Kristen Radtke, and it was developed by students in FILM 355: Transmedia Storytelling. The series tells the story of three college students, Alex, Charlie, and Jessie, who become involved in the search for a missing classmate, each for their own reasons.

Episode 1 has premiered on the RIC Film Studies YouTube channel on November 29, 2023:

Episode 2 premieres on December 6th, and Episode 3 premieres on December 13.

Please like the videos and subscribe to follow along with the series and future productions by the RIC Film Studies Program!

Photos from Open Books-Open Minds at Rhode Island College's post 08/26/2023

Look at all these first-years at Rhode Island College Welcome Weekend! Can’t wait to meet & see how they all get involved with OBOM!


A new academic year, a new academic look for our new common book, Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke. Keep an eye on this space for more updates about OBOM events & ways to get involved this year!


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2022, 10:00 A.M.
Please join Open Books – Open Minds for:

“The Curious Case of Ariana Grande: Racial Passing in the Present”
A presentation by Dr. Matthew Guterl, Brown University American Studies Department


Join us to talk about getting ready for a career after college. Speakers will include RIC English alumni with career experiences and advice for majors in the humanities and social sciences.


The votes are in, and ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett will be RIC’s common read for 2022-2023!

Thanks for voting!


You have four more days to vote for next year's common book! Which will it be?

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami
A Burning, by Megha Majumdar

Cast your vote here:
Deadline for votes: February 17

Photos from Open Books-Open Minds at Rhode Island College's post 02/04/2022

Have you produced a paper or creative project about Born a Crime this year? There are multiple opportunities on campus to have your project recognized!

Go ahead and submit your work to the 11th Annual OBOM Student Conference:

And if you are a first year student with a project demonstrating independent research, check out the Friends of the Adams Library First Year Research Prize:


There's still time for RIC community members to vote for next year's common book! Which will you choose?

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami
A Burning, by Megha Majumdar

Cast your vote here:
Deadline for votes: February 17



The Open Books--Open Minds Committee invites the RIC campus community to select from these top three titles for the 2022-23 Common Book:

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami
A Burning, by Megha Majumdar

Deadline for votes: February 17, 2022
Cast your vote here:



The Open Books -- Open Minds Committee is seeking 2-3 actors to perform a scene from Athol Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys.

We will hold a Zoom event in February, in which you can perform the scene, with audience discussion to follow.

This performance is part of the OBOM programming connected with this year's common read book, Trevor Noah's Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Participating student actors will be eligible for the OBOM award, which carries a cash prize.


The books are here! We have free copies of Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime" for first-year students and faculty who are teaching (or considering teaching) this year's common book selection.

Books are available for pickup at the Adams Library Reference Desk during library hours. You will need you RIC ID to enter the library and pick up your copy.


Open Books – Open Minds is pleased to announce the 2021 Student Conference Writing and Multimedia Award Winners. We received many excellent submissions this year. Thanks to everyone who participated!

First Place Award, Innovative Visual/Audio Media goes to Emily Robbins (English Major, Creative Writing concentration) for "Occupation of Alcatraz and the Criminalization of Native Americans"

First Place Award, Research Paper goes to Samantha Lowder (Studio Art Major) for "Perpetual Weapons"

First Place Award, Creative Writing goes to Lakira Ferguson (Psychology Major) for her poem, “Visions in Euphoria”


The 10th Annual Open Books-Open Minds (Online) Student Conference is here!

We invite students to submit papers and creative projects to be featured on the OBOM website and the DigitalCommons@RIC repository. We are seeking submissions in a range of formats and media on any topic inspired by Tommy Orange's There There. The deadline for submissions to be considered for awards is this Friday.

For more information and submission instructions:

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