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CCAC to launch One College, One Community Reads! literary initiative on Wednesday, March 4

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County will launch One College, One Community Reads! on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the CCAC South Campus Theatre. The public is invited to attend the kickoff of this literary initiative, which is designed to promote reading and open dialogue within the college and the wider community.

Speaking at the free event will be Veronica Watson, PhD, professor of English and director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Convener of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Watson will present “The Secret of the Sound: Morrison’s Courageous Voice and the Imperative of Responsible Listening.” She will share insights on themes in Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” the focus of the month-long series of One College, One Community Reads! events at CCAC. Book readings and discussions will take place on all CCAC campuses, as well as at area libraries, high schools and other locations, throughout the month.

The launch event will also include dance and vocal performances as well as a dramatic presentation from the book by CCAC South Campus Humanities students. A reception will follow.

The event is open to the media, including still/video cameras.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Evans, associate dean, Academic Affairs, at 412.469.6293 or at

Dr. Veronica Watson

Dr. Veronica Watson