Each year, a panel of key university representatives compile a list of books for the Chancellor to select from. In result, the university community subsequently turns into a giant book club. Programs and curriculum are built around the selection, lectures are held, and discussion groups ignite exciting dialogue.

Current Selection:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

For its “pointed examinations of gun violence, racial profiling, and political activism,” Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has been called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” Part of a 13-house publishing auction, the novel is also slated to become a major motion picture from Fox 2000—with George Tillman set to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg to star. Called “stunning” by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), The Hate U Give explores the world of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter: a girl who walks a careful line between her upper-crust prep school and the poverty-stricken neighborhood where she grew up. But when she witnesses a police officer shooting her best friend Khalil—an unarmed youth—Starr is plunged into even more uncertainty. How can she speak her truth, navigate upheaval, and keep herself safe in an increasingly dangerous world? Starr’s choices, for herself and for her community, are hard—but “don’t look away from this searing battle for justice,” writes Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not).

OBOC Author Speaker Series
Author Angie Thomas will be speaking on campus on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 p.m. in the Illini Union I-Rooms. 

Film Showing
We will also be showing the film The Hate U Give created based off the novel. It will air on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 as part of the IU Board Weekend Film Series

The Hate U Give

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