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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 "Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia" and "The Things She's Seen." 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 The Things She's Seen. The license for Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia is unlimited and will always be available. The log-in for these books will be your HCC username and password.


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 Fall 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

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 November 28th, 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 2023, you are eligible to compete again in Spring 2024). See the Canvas site for submission instructions.

Previous Countries (Alphabetical by name in English)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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