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Upcoming Events

Find information about upcoming lectures, concerts, receptions, local and regional socials, informal get-togethers for alumni and other events on campus. Network and have fun with fellow Ospreys.

For reasonable accommodations in order to participate in any of our events, please call the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at least five days in advance at (904) 620-4723.  

We are excited to announce that Community First Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of our UNF Alumni Third Thursdays!

Thanks to the generosity of Community First Credit Union, you can look forward to seeing alumni and friends at the following Third Thursdays listed below. 

June UNF Alumni Book Club

Virtual July UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: Zoom

Cost: FREE

Lost and Wanted, Neil Freudenberger.


New York Times Best Seller

 

An emotionally engaging, suspenseful new novel from the best-selling author, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploitation of female friendship, romantic love, and parenthood - bonds that show their power in surprising ways.

 

Helen Clapp's breakthrough work on five-dimensional space-time landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it's perhaps especially vexing for her when, on an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday in June, she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died. 

 

Suspenseful, perceptive, deeply affecting, Lost and Wanted is a story of friends and lovers, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives. 

Virtual July Third Thursday

Virtual July Third Thursday

Thursday, July 16, 2020

2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Roll into the summer on Thursday, July 16th at Bento Southside for our July Third Thursday event sponsored by Community First Credit Union. From 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. get a FREE Classic Roll when you spend $10 on a to-go order. Tune into our Facebook page for our Virtual Sushi Class with a Bento chef, where we will learn how to make three signature Bento rolls.
July UNF Alumni Book Club

Virtual August UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: Zoom

Cost: FREE

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Brian Stevenson. 

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Named One of the most influential books of the decade by CNN. 

 

Bryan Stevenson was young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillan, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination and legal brinkmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. 

 

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. 

August UNF Alumni Book Club

September UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston.

 

In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form--an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1967, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities--immigrant, female, Chinese, American. 

 

As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother's "talk stories" The Fierce and wily women warriors of her mother's tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingston's sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family's past and her own present. 

 

 

September UNF alumni Book Club

October UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyers 

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So, when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new travelling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. 

 

The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. 

October UNF alumni Book Club

November UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. 

 

Trever Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measure his mother took to hide him from the government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. 

November UNF Alumni Book Club

December UNF Alumni Book Club

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Location: UNF Alumni Hall (Building 60)

Cost: FREE

What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Ariman

 

In "Who Will Greet You at Home" a National Magazine Award finalist for the New Yorker, A women desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild," a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good" three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. 

 

Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.