One Book One Community
One Book, One Community is an opportunity for the Texas A&M University at Qatar community to connect over reading and discussions about education. Each year, a book is chosen and distributed to all interested Aggie staff, students and faculty. Subsequently, events are organized to promote thoughtful dialogue about education in connection with the year’s book.
OBOC programs run for a few weeks every spring semester. Several ‘Read-Ins with Karak’ are hosted as open-to-all, come-and-go style afternoon events. Each Read-In focuses on a specific chapter or theme and the possible connections and applications that can be made to the A&M Qatar context. Everyone is welcome to attend OBOC events, even if they have not read the book.
The 2018 OBOC book choice is A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley. Oakley’s book is about how to look at and understanding learning.
The 2017 OBOC book choice was Drive by Daniel Pink. Pink’s book is about motivation and “the surprising truth about what motivates us.” Free copies were distributed by the Library and the ASC.
A Whole New Engineer was the 2016 One Book, One Community pick. Co-author David E. Goldberg made a campus visit. The book discussed “the coming revolution in engineering education.”