The BIG Read

Owens Community College Campus Read


The BIG Read

The goal of Owens Community College’s BIG Read (Campus Read) is to bring awareness of different perspectives through books and accompanying activities on campus and in our surrounding communities.

2022-23 BIG Read

“Stephanie Foo is a force of nature.” – Nicholas Quah

Stephanie Foo has always been obsessed with stories. She started her first podcast, Get Me On This American Life, when she was just 21, and it launched her into a career that led to actually working at This American Life just four years later.

As a child, Stephanie created comics, got her start in print journalism, then became fascinated with audio narratives. At This American Life, she reported, edited, and mixed radio stories and often produced entire shows. Stephanie produced This American Life’s video project, “Videos 4 U: I Love You,” which garnered three Daytime Emmy nominations and also won the 2015 Webby Award for Online Film & Video in Drama: Individual Short or Episode category.

One of the things I care about it showing the world there are other perspectives. I try to educate people to open themselves up to others and to different ideas, to make this a less binary world.

– Stephanie Foo

Stephanie Foo
Message from the author, Stephanie Foo

Altogether, she has been working in audio for over a decade. Stephanie helped create the national radio show Snap Judgment, and her work has been showcased on numerous podcasts, such as Reply All, 99 Percent Invisible, and Radiolab. Stephanie also produced an Emmy-winning video short for TAL. Dissatisfied with the poor technology associated with podcasts, in 2015, Stephanie created a hackathon to brainstorm ways to better share audio. She then led the development of Shortcut, a revolutionary app for sharing podcast audio.

Stephanie is a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow, and she has just published a book that explores the science and psychology behind Complex PTSD through the lens of her own personal narrative of healing titled What My Bones Know.

Foo will be on campus on April 27, 2023 to discuss her book.

The BIG Read Fall 2022 Events*


Art Exhibit—EVAC Project (Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations)

October 31-December 16 — Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery
Stop by the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery to see the Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations’ printed artwork from stories from different war veterans.


Documentary Film Showing: Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

November 29,  11 a.m. — CFPA Theatre or watch online; link click here.>>>.
Discussion with Professor Shannon Holleran will follow or join us online with Professor Jodi Gore; link: click here.>>>


“Let’s Talk BIG w/ Jane & Jen”

Thursdays, All semester long at 7 a.m., 11 a.m, 7 p.m., & 11 p.m. — Owens Community College Radio or the OCCR You Tube Channel.
Join Jane Berger and Jen Hazel as they “talk BIG” about the BIG Read with various guests throughout the semester on this enthralling show.

Episode 3.1 — Thursday, September 1

Episode 3.2 — Thursday, September 8

Episode 3.3 — Thursday, September 15

Episode 3.4 — Thursday, September 22

Episode 3.5 — Thursday, October 3

Episode 3.6 — Thursday, October 7

Episode 3.7 — Thursday, October 13

Episode 3.8 — Thursday, October 20

Episode 3.9 — Thursday, October 27

Episode 3.10 — Thursday, November 3

Episode 3.11 — Thursday, November 10

Episode 3.12 — Thursday, November 17

*Events subject to change due to COVID-19.


The BIG Read Faculty and Staff Resources

Wondering how to use the BIG Read in your classroom and/or event? Check out How to use The BIG Read in your classroom and/or event. >>

Community Engagement

Learn about how The BIG Read supports our communities; check out The BIG Read Community Engagement. >>

Community Partners

Learn about The BIG Read Community Partners. >>

More Information

Jen Hazel
Professor, English
jennifer_hazel@owens.edu
Jane Berger
Director, Library Services
jane_berger2@owens.edu