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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

poster for ten thousand doors of JanuaryBCTC's Arts in Focus Committee presents…An exhibition of art inspired by BCTC's 2020-2021 Common Read book, 
"The Ten Thousand Doors of January" by Alix E. Harrow.

We invited BCTC students, staff, and faculty to contribute works of art that are inspired by themes in the book. 

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Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here Front CoverStudents, staff and faculty will enjoy reading Same Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani as they explore together the themes of the novel through BCTC Common Read events throughout the year.

In this extraordinary novel in two voices, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son, find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.

Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City's Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner's son.

As Meena's family studies for citizenship exams and River's town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences.

With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun. (

The inaugural BCTC Common Read Program is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Sandra Carey

Perspectives on Immigration

  • March 10, 2020 at 11am
  • Cooper Campus, Academic Technology Building Atrium
  • featuring Marilyn Daniels, J.D., Maxwell Street Legal Clinic; Tatiana Lipsey, J.D., Kentucky Refugee Ministries; Sarah Adkins, J.D., Executive Director, Neighbors Immigration Clinic; and Dominique Olbert, Community Response Coalition
  • Cooper campus parking will not be patrolled on this day in order to allow more students to attend the event.
  • Food will be provided

Screening of Hillbilly

  • April 2, 2020 at 6pm
  • Lexington Public Library, Central Branch, Farish Theater
  • The film includes Common Read author Silas House and covers several themes discussed in Same Sun Here

Voter Registration Tables

  • Wednesday February 19--Newtown Campus, Classroom Building Lobby, 9am-3pm
  • Thursday February 20-Cooper Campus, Academic Technology Building Atrium, 9am-3pm

One Nation Out of Many Peoples: Immigration in American History

  • Monday, February 10, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Dr. Shi
    Newtown campus, room CB 106-107

Meet Your Legislator

  • November 14, 11am-12:15pm
  • Cherlynn Stevenson, Mark Hart, Les Yates, George Brown, Jr., Former Legislative Interns: Mishonda Bush and Brack Duncan
  • Cooper Campus, Academic Technology Building Atrium

Nepantla Art Exhibition

  • October 1 - November 15
    Newtown Campus, Classroom Building, 2nd Floor Atrium Gallery

Part I of the Nepantla art exhibition will feature works of art created by youth and young adults of the Latinx Leadership and College Experience Camp (LLCEC). "Nepantla" is a Mayan concept referring to the tension found at spaces of convergence where transformation, cultural exchanges, and the birth of something new are possible. The LLCEC provides Latinx and immigrant youth and young adults an immersive college, career, leadership and social justice experience. Participants are empowered through community building, artistic expression, and other cultural activities.

Mountain Top Removal

  • Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Tammy Horn Potter, KY State Apiarist
    Newtown Campus, room SEC 107
    Limited Seating: Food Served, Giveaways

Same Sun Here Author Event with Silas House and Neela Vaswani

  • Tuesday, September 24, 9:30am-12:00pm
    9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Othering: a Conversation with Silas House and Savannah Sipple
  • 11:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Reading, Conversation, and Q&A with Silas House and Neela Vaswani

BIACS/India Day

  • September 21, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Moondance Amphitheatre, Beaumont Center Circle