The BIG Read

Owens Community College Campus 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

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 Summer 2022 Events*

Brown Bag BIG Read Book Club **
The below events are held in College Hall (CH) 117, The Center for Teaching and Innovation (CTI).

  • July 27, noon-1 p.m. — CH 117, CTI
  • August 3, noon-1 p.m. — CH 117, CTI
  • August 24, noon-1 p.m. — CH 117, CTI

Get a jump on reading, discussing, and preparing for your class and/or event by joining us for some lively discussions about What My Bones Know this summer.  Feel free to bring your lunch.  For the reading schedule and themes/discussion topics, check out:  2022 BIG Read Summer Book Club.

** If you are on the Findlay campus and interested in a bookmark or participating in the book club discussions, please contact Paul Weaver at

The BIG Read Fall 2022 Events

Confronting Biases
September 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — CFPA Theatre & Livestreamed; link: TBA.
Unconscious biases that revolve around race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. are in the background of our minds; we are often unaware of how they influence our decisions and thinking.  Join Andrew Erickson, Professor of Philosophy, discuss overcoming these biases during this dynamic presentation.

Film Showing—A Story Worth Living
September 22,  6 p.m. — CFPA Theatre & Livestreamed; link: TBA.
Join us as we view local filmmaker, Vanessa Leonard’s, A Story Worth Living (2019). Trailer: Q & A with the cast and crew of the film will follow.

Lunch & LearnSelf Care 
September 28, 12:15 p.m. — HH 123
Join Lindsey Whitcomb from TRIO to discuss self-care. (Event in partnership with Student Activities.)

Art Exhibit“The Faces of…”
October 17-December 2 — HH 
Stop by Hertiage Hall to see student, faculty, and staff of Owens Community College selfies’ exploreing invisible disabilities.

Speaker—Abraham Sculley
October 18 Time: TBA —Location: TBA
Join mental health speaker, Abraham Sculley, as he works to eradicate mental health stigma. (Event in partnership with Student Activities.)

Lunch & LearnStress Management 
October 26, 12:15 p.m. — HH 123
Join Counseling Services to discuss stress management. (Event in partnership with Student Activities.)

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.

Human Library
November 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — HH 123
Humans as books?  Yes!  Join us as we “check out” human books to better understand someone who has experienced prejudice or has been stigmatized and ultimately, “unjudge.”

Art Exhibit Opening Reception—EVAC Project (Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations) 
November 10,  5-7 p.m. — Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery 
Join us for a reception to celebrate the work of the Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations’ printed artwork from stories from different war veterans.

Documentary Film Showing
November 29,  11 a.m. — CFPA Theatre & Livestreamed; link: TBA.
Join us as we watch and discuss a documentary with themes revolving around mental illness; link to vote for the documentary will be posted in the summer.

“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 enthalling show.

*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.>>

More Information

Jen Hazel
Professor, English

Jane Berger
Director, Library Services