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Welcome to the FSCJ Author Series Learning Community. This guide will help you explore the selected books for this unique program that engages approximately 2,500 FSCJ students around a memoir and social issue that promote academic discourse in higher education. The professors who adopt the text each year provide safe, respectful, and reflective academic opportunities to discuss these issues. They also provide opportunities to participate in community service learning relevant to the topic. Students attend events throughout the academic year concerning topics relevant to the memoir, and the author visits the college at the end of the academic year for lectures that are both free and open to the public. 

Author Series Memoirs & Social Issues

2009 - A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Topic: Child Soldiers

2010 - Welfare Brat by Mary Childers

Topic: Poverty in America

2011 - No Impact Man by Colin Beavan

Topic: The Environment & Sustainability

2012 - Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Clint Van Winkle

Topic: The War on Terror and PTSD Awareness

2013 - KaBoom! One Man Built a Movement to Save Play by Darell Hammond

Topic: Children's Health and Fitness

2014 - Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Justice & Redemption by Jennifer Thompson & Ronald Cotton

Topic: Racial Profiling & Eyewitness Testimony

2015 - Hero of the Underground: My Journey Down to Heroin and Back by Jason Peter

Topic: Substance Abuse Awareness

2016 - The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return by Kenan Trebincevic

Topic: Human Rights & Refugee Awareness

2017 - Thinking in Pictures : And Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin

            Topic: Autism Awareness

2018 - The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

            Topic: Reading, Strength, and Tourette's Syndrome

2019 - Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy

Topic: Disparities in health outcomes for people of color, institutional racism

2020 - Craig & Fred by Craig Rossi

Topic: Dog Rescue, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Service

2021 - Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince

Topic: Ballet Dancers, Sierra Leone, Racism in the Arts, War Orphans, Family