First Year Experience Common Read

We are pleased to announce that the AY 2020-2021 Maine College of Art First Year Experience Common Read will be The Marrow Thieves. Additional information about the book, events, and programming opportunities may be found on this page.

FYE Common Read Events and Programming

  • Wednesday, Oct 7, 7-8pm, Via Zoom: Visiting Artist Lecture, Raven Chacon (Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Lecture Series in collaboration with The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA))
  • INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY–Monday, Oct 12, 12-1pm, Via Zoom: Writing and breathing exercises with Artist & Writer Mihku Paul and Reiki Master Elyce Talavera. Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 945 7129 2931// Passcode: MECA
  • INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY–Monday, Oct 12, 12-1:30pm, MECA Porteous Building, 2nd Floor: Student Life Table with educational resources and free pins
  • INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY–Monday, Oct 12, 1:30-2:50pm, Via Zoom–Race & Environment Lecture with MECA Assistant Professor Chris Malcolm. Zoom Link.
  • Thursday, Oct 15, 12:30 PM, MECA Green Space, Casco St–Public Performance: Raven Chacon’s piece, American Ledger #1, will be performed by students in the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at MECA (Sponsored by The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA))
  • Thursday, Oct 15, 12:15-1pm, Via Zoom–Author Lecture with The Marrow Thieves author Cherie Dimaline–Reading and Q&A facilitated by MECA Assistant Professor Chrism Malcolm. Zoom Link.
  • Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:30 PM, Via Zoom: Visiting Artists Talk with Matt Joynt + Josh Rios + Anthony Romero ((Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Lecture Series in collaboration with The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA)). Zoom link will be shared via email.
  • Thursday, Oct 22, 5:00 PM, Congress Square, Congress St: Public Performance: Matt Joynt + Josh Rios + Anthony Romero’s work Ground, Unsettle, Surround: Act 1 (Establishing a Sound) (Sponsored by The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA))
  • DawlandStreaming access to the 54-minute version of Dawland is available to MECA students, faculty, and staff. Email library@meca.edu for username and password information.

FYE Common Read Book

The Marrow Thieves is a beautiful novel set in a precarious future. It explores dreams, community, family, and the aspirations of vulnerable people fighting to maintain their sense of identity amid persecution and crisis.

Speculative fiction, while set in the future, holds a mirror to the past and present and provides opportunities to examine ideas through a different lens. This is also what it means to be an artist, to critique the world around you and share a vision that inspires others.

While the entire MECA community is encouraged to participate in the FYE Common Read, we have assigned The Marrow Thieves to all first year students to explore during online orientation. Several additional copies of the book are available in the library for checkout.

Thank you to everyone who nominated titles, as well as those who volunteered their time to review the book and provide feedback. We especially would like to thank Asata Radcliffe, Sheila Geant, Philip Brou, and Marie Shurkus for reviewing the text. We would also like to thank Jill Beuning, Margaret Brownlee, Jennifer Doebler, Paul Gebhardt, Chris Malcolm, Kyle Patnaude, Julie Poitras Santos, Josh Reiman, and Liz Rhaney for their work in programming events and other opportunities this year.