Common Read/Common World Events

Spare Parts


Tuesday, March 16 & Wednesday, March 17 - “Spare Parts” Virtual Screening
Movie Link Available Here on March 16 & 17

The movie is based on USA’s Common Read/Common World 2020-2021 book selection “Spare Parts”. Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. Starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carlos PenaVega. 

Wednesday, March 17 - “Spare Parts” Common Read/Common World Book Discussion
12:00pm - Zoom: Click Here to Register

Join the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee for the Lunch & Learn session on Wed., March 17th at 12noon for a discussion of the Common Read/Common World book this year, Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream.  The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Pamela Moore from the College of Education and Professional Studies and Common Read/Common World Co-Chair. Registration via Zoom.

Thursday, March 18 - An Evening with Joshua Davis, Author of “Spare Parts” USA’s Common Read/Common World Selection
6pm - Zoom: Click Here to Register 

Joshua Davis is a writer, film producer and co-founder of Epic Magazine and Epic Digital. He is the author of the book Spare Parts which was adapted into a film by Lionsgate. Josh is a master storyteller. His work has been selected “Best of Technology Writing” three times, and he’s received a nomination for feature writing for the National Magazine Awards. He’s also helped sell 22 journalism articles to Hollywood, one of which was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film Argo. Whether it’s chronicling the careers of sauna-ers, arm wrestlers, and other bizarre athletes, or revealing how a group of undocumented Mexican Americans beat the odds to win a robot-building contest, Josh is a master of the underdog tale. In addition to relaying the stories of some of his subjects, he reveals some of the personal obstacles he’s had to overcome. 

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