Past Book Selections

Events and Activities


Winter/Spring 2012: Tahoe Beneath the Surface; The Hidden Stories of America's Largest Lake by Scott Lankford


2008-2009: Not a Genuine Black Man, by Brian Copeland

Photo of Brian Copeland. Brian Copeland's One-Man Show
"Not a Genuine Black Man" was held
January 9, 2009 in the Smithwick Theatre

This hit Off-Broadway show deals with the lingering effects of Copeland's childhood spent as an African American in the then 99.99% white Bay Area suburb of San Leandro, considered in the 1960s and 70s to be one of America's most racist enclaves. The show's themes of isolation, racial identity and redemption struck a central nerve in audiences.  Copeland's incisive, cutting edge standup comedy material and his unique ability to hilariously cut to the heart of some of our most serious social and political problems has earned him national critical acclaim.

A reception and book signing followed the performance. All proceeds from the event benefited Foothill College's Brother-to-Brother program.


2007-2008: The Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle
The Tortilla Curtain book cover.
  • Two book discussions for students, faculty, staff and community members on October 30 and November 14.
  • Blog from December 2007-February 2008
  • Tortilla Curtain Project, a series of mixed-media collaborative prints; exhibition April 7-May 15 at various locations on campus
  • Tortilla Curtain Project artist's reception and multimedia open mic night
  • Confluent-model learning community between English 1B and History 10 (California History)
  • T. C. Boyle reading on May 14

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