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BCTC Common Read

Summer 2019 - spring 2020

Same Sun Here Front Cover

Students, 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. (Goodreads.com)

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


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

Come meet your Kentucky Legislators!

  • Thursday, November 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Cooper Campus, Academic/Technical Building Atrium (first floor)