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Reading Culture: Home

Join the Canvas Group!

If you want to attend Reading Culture events, please fill out this webform to gain access to Reading Culture's Eagle Online/Canvas course. (If you plan to compete for the scholarship, you must have access to the Eagle Online/Canvas course.)  Attendance and participation is open to all HCC students, staff, and faculty whether or not they participate in the scholarship competition.

How to Get a Copy of One of the Books

We are currently working to secure copies of both "Alternative Alamat" and "Patron Saints of Nothing." Once copies are in-hand, they will be offered first to individuals who have signed up to participate this semester via the Canvas Sign-Up Form. This form is a new form every semester, so previous participants will need to sign up again each semester. When copies become available, we will reach out via Canvas messaging to eligible students.
 

Additional copies will be made available at various in-person events throughout the semester, while supplies last.

HCC Library provides access to a ebook versions of both texts, however, online access is limited to one user at a time for Patron Saints of Nothing. The license for Alternative Alamat is unlimited and will always be available. The log-in for these books will be your HCC username and password.

Physical copies of the book this semester, Spring 2023, have been made available due to the generosity of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association.

About

What is Reading Culture?

Every Fall and Spring semester, the Reading Culture planning committee selects a country and book for HCC students, staff, and faculty to learn about together. Cultural events and discussions are held throughout the semester to facilitate learning on the selected country and the lives of its people. Attendance and participation is open to all HCC students, staff, and faculty whether or not they participate in the scholarship competition. 

How do I attend events?

For Spring 2023, there are separate events happening online and in-person. Most online events can be accessed in the Cisco Webex link in the online course menu. If you are not in the Reading Culture Canvas course, fill out the webform on this page to be added. Some events may be external and will be announced as opportunities arise. If you have questions about attending events online, please email treva.anderson@hccs.edu.

How do I compete for the Scholarship?

The scholarship competition is open to all students currently taking classes at HCC. To win, you must:

  1. Participate in at least two qualifying cultural events and write a 100-200 word reflection about each event, AND
  2. Write an essay and/or craft a creative project, which you will submit in the Reading Culture canvas course by April 24th, 2023.

Students can submit in both categories but can only win one award. Previous winners can participate but are not eligible to compete for one calendar year (for example, if you won in the Spring 2022, you are eligible to compete again in Spring 2023). See the Canvas site for submission instructions.

Start of Semester Flier

Previous Countries (Alphabetical by name in English)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Graphic of Burundi flag

Colombia Flag

Cuba flag

Haiti

Indian Flag

Indonesia Flag

Mexico Flag

Nigeria

South Africa flag

Venezuela Flag

Vietnam Flag- yellow star on red field

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