UNF Reads! Events

Current Events

2015-2016 Outliers Events

Lecture and Discussion with Dov Cohen, Psychologist
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6pm
Lazzara Performance Hall

Students, UNF faculty and staff are invited to a lecture and discussion with Dov Cohen, psychologist and researcher cited in the UNF Reads selection, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell for his research on southern and honor culture. Dr. Cohen is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, and will discuss his research on cultural legacy and it's impact on the self.

7th Annual Student Leadership Summit
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 9:00am
Student Union Ballroom

The Taylor Leadership Institute, in partnership with Undergraduate Studies, presents the Seventh Annual UNF Student Leadership Summit on Friday, November 13, 2015 starting at 9:00am. in the Student Union Auditorium (Building 58W, Room 2703).
This year’s animated and engaging theme- Leadership Presence: Recognize It, Cultivate It - OWN IT! – emphasizes the importance of today's leaders identifying and developing their own "You-Nique" signature presence; an authentic and powerfully magnetic radiance that positively influences the behaviors of others.

Registration will open Thursday, October 1st. For more information please contact Alison Noonan at 620-5934 or by email at alison.noonan@unf.edu


2013/2014 Outliers Events

Lecture and Discussion with Trey Csar, President of the Public Education Fund
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6pm
Lazzara Performance Hall

Students, UNF faculty and staff are invited to a lecture and discussion with Trey Csar, President of Jacksonville's Public Education Fund. Trey Csar has been the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund since May 2009. Before coming to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Trey worked as a youth organizer in San Francisco, working to involve students throughout California in advocating for better educational opportunities for their fellow students. He taught in an inner-city elementary school in Houston with Teach For America and served as an assistant principal at KIPP New Orleans West (NOW), a school set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to work with low-income students who evacuated to Houston from the New Orleans area. Trey has a master's degree in education policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida in Journalism and Business Administration.

6th Annual Student Leadership Summit
Friday, October 24, 2014 from 9:30am-2:00pm
Student Union Ballroom

The Taylor Leadership Institute, in partnership with Undergraduate Studies, presents the Sixth Annual UNF Student Leadership Summit on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium (Building 58W, Room 2703).
This year’s animated and engaging theme, The Neuroanatomy of a Leader: Harness your Secret Power – Become a Super Leader emphasizes the need for leaders to acknowledge their inner core, suggesting that what drives them to reach their Summit’s peak lives there. Attendees will explore
the secret power inherent in leadership, learning what it means to be a conscious leader – creating synergy and resonance with others.
Fostering fun and opportunity, the Annual Student Leadership Summit is packed full of experiential learning opportunities for attendees and volunteers.

Faculty Flicks
February 27, 2014
Student Union
Room 3605

Students and a UNF faculty member will join in watching a specially selected cinematic production.  Afterwards, students and faculty will engage in thoughtful discourse.  This semester’s film will focus on the ideas found in Gladwell’s best seller – that being a high achiever is not an innate ability, but comes from opportunity, meaningful hard work and cultural legacy.  This event is an opportunity for students to connect with a UNF faculty member and to participate in a common intellectual experience.  Faculty Flicks is hosted by the Scholars Alliance.  Free refreshments will be provided

An Evening with Joshua Foer: "Moonwalking with Success"
Lecture and booksigning
Monday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Robinson Theater

Joshua Foer is the author of Moonwalking with Einstein and is visiting UNF as a part of UNF Reads! Outliers Event Series. Joshua Foer is an outlier in memory and will share his path to success for the UNF audience. Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's year-long quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. http://joshuafoer.com/

Excerpt from the NY Times book review:

"Moonwalking With Einstein," has a lot in common with Malcolm Gladwell's best sellers: it popularizes scientific concepts in a breezy, accessible fashion while cheerfully dispensing some practical insights and lots of entertaining anecdotes. Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it's informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context.

 5th Annual Student Leadership Summit
Friday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

The Summit is hosted by the Taylor Leadership Institute, a department in the Division of Student and International Affairs and will feature an outliers panel of experts. Summit experience will empower you to develop meaningful interactions with community organizations and bring to light venues to experience leadership opportunities on and off campus. For more information, contact the Institute at leadership@unf.edu or call (904) 620-5934.


Past Events

 "Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference" by Warren St. John

(2012 - 2013)

Refugee Services Panel 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012    6:00pm-7:30pm  Andrew Robinson Theater 

Panelists from various local refugee services organizations will discuss the Jacksonville refugee population and the resources that are available for refugees. Local refugees will be invited to share their stories.  Also the refugee services organizations will be doing a toothbrush drive at the event  to benefit local refugees. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring a new toothbrush to donate.   For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Kaplan (leslie.kaplan@unf.edu).    


Refugee Film Week 

 Pray the Devil Back to Hell” 

 Tuesday, October 2, 2012 7:00pm  Andrew Robinson Theater  

 A group of women rise up to bring peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state. For more information, visit  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1202203/.  


 Movies on the House Presents: “God Grew Tired of Us” 

 Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:00pm Andrew Robinson Theater  

 Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. For more information visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301555/.  


Warren St. John Class Visit / Leadership Speaker's Bureau

Tuesday, October 23, 2012  1:00pm Building 57/Room 1100A 

As a part of the Leadership Speaker's Bureau,  Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United, will engage the Talking Values and Effective Leadership classes in a question and answer time focused on the lessons in leadership that can be learned from the story of the Fugees, and the values demonstrated by some of the individuals highlighted in the book. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. The Institute for Values, Community and Leadership will provide light refreshments. 


An Evening with Warren St. John

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:00pm Andrew Robinson Theater  

Warren St. John will speak on the transitions and transformations that many students experience during their first year of college and how they relate to the experiences of resettled refugees. A book signing opportunity will immediately follow the lecture.  


Refugee Soccer Tournament

Saturday, November 17, 2012  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  UNF Stadium 

This soccer tournament will be held to benefit local refugee populations. Local refugee children, coached by UNF Honors students, will compete in the tournament. UNF students will have the opportunity to donate items for the refugees. More information on the donation drive will follow. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, the UNF Men's Soccer Team, and the Sport Management Program. For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Kaplan (leslie.kaplan@unf.edu).    


Vote for the Fugee Family Organization

The Fugees Family, a non-profit organization aimed at helping child survivors of war rebuild their lives through education, which is the subject of the UNF Reads! book "Outcasts United," is competing in a voting competition to win $1 million through the Chase Community Giving Award. With the money, the Fugees Family will be able to build the first school for refugees in the country. Voting is from today Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 4. Daily voting is permitted at www.votefugees.org, and those with a Chase account receive an extra vote daily when voting at www.chasegiving.com. For more information about The Fugees Family, visit http://www.fugeesfamily.org/


Honors Poster Presentations

Tuesday, December 4, 2012     6:00pm  – 800pm     Location: Crossing Residence Hall, Building Q 

Honors Students will make presentations about their volunteer projects with refugee families and research that they have done regarding the local refugee population. These posters will be presented in a conference-style format. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Kaplan (leslie.kaplan@unf.edu).   


 Book Discussion Groups during Week of Welcome    August 21, 2011   1:30pm 

   WOW leaders will facilitate book discussions with incoming freshmen focused on the theme of transformation.  


 Ask the Author with Warren St. John   

 August 21, 2011    2:15pm 

 Students will have the opportunity to participate in an interview session with Outcasts United author Warren St. John during Week of Welcome. 


 New Student Convocation Address by Warren St. John  

 August 21, 2011    4:00pm 

 New Student Convocation marks the official beginning of a student's journey as an Osprey. Mr. Warren St. John will serve as the keynote speaker at Convocation, and address the  students about transformation and transition.  


 Outcasts United Book Signing   

 August 21, 2011   5:15pm -5:45pm 

 The UNF Bookstore will host a book signing with Warren St. John. Come and meet and greet with the author! 


 Movies on the House Presents: Biutiful 

 August 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.   Building 14A, Andrew A Robinson Jr. Theater  

 Movies on the House opens its fall 2011 season in Robinson Theater with "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem. This film centers on immigrants in Spain. There will be free popcorn and    prizes. For more information, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1164999/ or contact Jason Mauro at 620-1383. 


 Refugees in Jacksonville Panel Discussion 

 September 6, 2011  6:00pm-7:30pm  Building 14A, Andrew A Robinson Jr. Theater  

 A panel of local refugee support agency personnel will discuss refugee experiences in Jacksonville.  Come and learn more about the lives of refugees and the process of resettlement, with a focus on the local experience.  There will be a series of short presentations on the profile of a refugee, the challenges, the resettlement process, and how to help.  You will have a chance to get all your questions answered by people who work with refugees on a daily basis.  


 UNF Emeriti Book Club Discussion  

September 14, 2011  10am  Alumni Hall Board Room 

Dr. Leslie Kaplan, Scholarship Coordinator and Instructor in Honors, will facilitate this book discussion on Outcasts United. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with UNF alumni about their perspectives on the book. For more information, contact Laura Berthiaume at 620-2490. 


 Refugee Film Week 

 The Devil Came on Horseback 

 October 4, 2011 7:00pm Building 14A, Andrew A Robinson Jr. Theater  

 The Honors Program will present the film "The Devil Came on Horseback" starring Nicholas Kristof and Brian Steidle. This documentary exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public. 


Movies on the House Presents: The Visitor 

October 6, 2011  6:00pm  Building 14A, Andrew A Robinson Jr. Theater  

  Movies on the House will present the film "The Visitor" starring Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman and Danai Gurira . This film is about a college professor who travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a Syrian musician, a Senegalese street vendor living in his apartment. For more information, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0857191/ or contact Jason Mauro at 620-1383.


 Refugee Benefit Drives 

Soccer Equipment Drive 

 October 1 – October 8, 2011 Student Union 

  Bring new or gently used soccer equipment to the Sports Management Program table in the Student Union. UNF Honors The equipment will be used by local    refugee children during a Fall soccer skills camp hosted by UNF Honors students. For more information contact Jasmine Stanley at jasmine.stanley@unf.edu.  


  Clothing Drive 

  Each Wednesday in October 10:00am – 3:00pm Student Union Plaza 

New or gently used clothing will be collected each Wednesday in October from at the Student Union’s Market Days event. This drive will benefit local refugees. For more information contact Jasmine Stanley at jasmine.stanley@unf.edu


Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A  

October 12, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm St. John’s Town Center Chick-Fil-A  

   Proceeds from the event will also benefit local refugee organizations. For more information contact Jasmine Stanley at jasmine.stanley@unf.edu


 Family Weekend Outcasts United Book Discussion 

October 14, 2011  2:00pm-3:00pm Student Union Ballrooms (58W/ 3601)

Dr. John Frank, Academic Coordinator in the Institute for Values, Community, and Leadership, will facilitate this book discussion on Outcasts United. Parents and students are welcome to attend! To register for Family Weekend visit http://www.unf.edu/parents/family_weekend.aspx.  


 Making a Difference: Turning Your Passion into Action at the Student Leadership Summit  

 October 28, 2011  10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon  Student Union Ballrooms (58W/ 3rd floor)

 The Institute for Values, Community, and Leadership will host the 3rd annual Student Leadership Summit, which will feature this breakout session with Joan Hecht, founder and president of the Alliance for The Lost Boys of Sudan, along with several "Lost Boys." Joan Hecht’s compassion and dedication to bettering lives is one that will literally lift you off your seat and keep you captivated with anticipation.  After witnessing the need for change, Ms. Hecht turned her values into action when she assisted many young Sudanese men to start a new life in America  and established a Foundation to support education for the Lost Boys as well as several economic development projects in Sudan. You will be enthralled as this gripping breakout session changes the way you look at everyday life with tales of courage, faith, family and her resolve to assure the survival and future of The Lost Boys of Sudan. Students are invited to this free event, but you must register online at http://www.unf.edu/taylor-leadership/student_leadership_summit/registration.aspx


 The World in Our Backyard: Locating Jacksonville's Refugee Communities 

November 15, 2011 6:00pm-7:30pm  Building 14A, Andrew A Robinson Jr. Theater

 Using GIS mapping technology, Honors students will create a map of public markers of immigrant communities (i.e. churches, stores, and restaurants) to gain knowledge about how and where immigrants settle in Jacksonville. On November 15th the students will present the results of their GIS mapping project. All are welcome to come hear their findings! 


 'Kickin' It For Refugees Soccer Fun Day' 

 Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Building Q-S, Osprey Crossings, South field by Lot 17 

 This soccer tournament will be held in the Fall semester to benefit local refugee populations. Local refugee children, coached by UNF Honors students, will compete at the tournament.The tournament is a partnership between Honors students and students in the Sport Management Program. Throughout the Fall semester, students from the Sports Management Program will host a table at Market Wednesdays to generate support for needed equipment (i.e. shin guards and cleats). Visit the table each Wednesday in the Student Union Plaza from 10am-4pm. For more information contact Dr. Danielle Mincey-White (d.mincey-white@unf.edu) or Dr. Leslie Kaplan (leslie.kaplan@unf.edu).  


 Center for Professional Development and Training Book Club  

 Fall 2011  

 CPDT has adopted Outcasts United as its book club selection for Fall 2011. Faculty, staff, and student university employees should contact the CPDT office at (904) 620-1707 for more information.  


 Academic Center for Excellence Annual Writing Contest  

 November 14, 2011 - February 17, 2012

 Students are encouraged to display their creative writing skills by submitting entries in the Poetry, Short Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction categories. The UNF Reads selection, Outcasts United, is the subject of the Creative Non-Fiction category. Entries in this category must be from the perspective of the student’s personal experiences and must also relate to the types of social change and desire for community depicted in  Outcasts United. The deadline for entries is February 17, 2012.  For contest rules and submission guidelines, please visit the ACE website at http://www.unf.edu/ace/writing_contest.aspx.   



"Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life" by Len Fisher

(2010 - 2011)

UNF Reads Across the Curriculum

In addition to being utilized in ENC 1101 freshman writing courses, Rock, Paper, Scissors was incorporated into more than 40 course sections across multiple disciplines during the Fall 2010 semester.  Some of these include Venture Studies first year seminars, Honors first year seminars, and General Education courses.

Book Discussion Groups during Week of Welcome  

August 21, 2010

WOW leaders facilitated book discussions with incoming freshmen focused on game theory and other topics featured in Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Workshop on Rock, Paper, Scissors at the UNF Student Summit by Linda Howell 

October 15, 2010

The successful book Rock, Paper, Scissors, written by Len Fisher, discusses game theory and how it illuminates social behavior.  The theory, which relates to how we influence one another, may seem complex at first glance, by simply put, it's a study of the decisions we make when interacting with other people.  In this session our faculty expert, Linda Howell, demonstrated how we can step up and learn the fine art of cooperating with our peers.

CPDT Book Club DiscussionThe UNF Center for Professional Development and Training  hosted a book club discussion centered on Rock, Paper, Scissors in November, 2010.   



"A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" by David Pink

(2009 - 2010)


Film Screening:  Everyday Creativity with Dewitt Jones

August 22, 2009


OFE Workshop:  Engaging the Whole New Mind:  Creativity and UNF Reads!

September 2, 2009

Are colleges adequately preparing students for an ever-changing work environment? How can faculty encourage students to engage in creative problem solving? During this session, Dr. Susan Vasana, Electrical Engineering, led a discussion on how to facilitate creativity in student problem solving. Dr. Marnie Jones, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the UNF Reads program and how faculty can use portions of the book, "A Whole New Mind" by Daniel Pink, in their class discussions and assignments. Daniel Pink suggests that students today should develop creative thinking skills to be competitive in the changing economy.


Workshop on A Whole New Mind at the UNF Student Summit by David Hayes

October 16, 2009

 This hands-on session introduced students to the "six senses" upon which professional success and personal satisfaction will depend. They were encouraged to master these, unleash their "whole mind", and thrive!


Parents Weekend Book Discussion

October 23, 2009

Book discussion session led by Dr. Marnie Jones


Creativity Contests

  1. Osprey Spirit 3-D Art Contest-- Students were invited to express their Osprey spirit by creating a 3-D piece of artwork made completely out of recyclable materials!
  2. Anti-Litter Campaign Poster Contest-- Students were invited to create a poster to discourage littering using a creative slogan and original artwork! This contest was sponsored by Physical Facilities and the UNF Environmental Center.

Honors Book Club discussions on A Whole New Mind


 "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

(2008 - 2009)


Book Discussion Groups

Sessions in the Residence Halls (led by faculty members) and for commuter students (led by Economics students)


Parents Weekend Book Discussion

October 18, 2008

Book discussion led by Dr. Marnie Jones and a group of students on the "Do Parents Really Matter" chapter of the book.


Class Presentation

Class presentation session by author Steven Levitt


"An Evening with Steven Levitt," Presidential Lecture

October 28, 2008