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Open Books Open Minds - There There by Tommy Orange

The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2020/2021

The 10th Annual Open Books – Open Minds Student Conference

The Open Books – Open Minds committee invites students to submit papers and creative projects to be featured on the OBOM website and the DigitalCommons@RIC repository. We are seeking submissions in a range of formats and media on any topic inspired by Tommy Orange’s There There. For the Call for Papers and Submission Form, visit

The deadline for submissions to be considered for awards is April 23, 2021.

Be sure to follow us on social media for updates and more information: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram.

Student Presentations and Open Discussion

April 16, 2021 / 10:00 - 11:50am

Join us as students present their research and creative projects inspired by Tommy Orange’s There There, followed by Q & A and open discussion.

Click here for event details and Zoom link.

Student-Led Discussion

November 18, 2020 / 1:00 - 2:00pm

Please join OBOM mentors for a student-led discussion of Tommy Orange’s There There. Watch your email for the Zoom link and password.

Check out the Facebook event for more information: 

Faculty Roundtable Discussion

September 23, 2020 / 1:00 - 2:30pm

Strategies for Teaching Tommy Orange’s There There
Join us on Zoom for presentations, Q & A, and lively conversation!
Watch your email for the Zoom link and password.

Summer Reading Group

July 29, 2020 / 1:00 - 2:00pm

Join us as we gear up for the 2020-2021 academic year with an inaugural virtual discussion of this year's OBOM selection: There There by Tommy Orange. Check out the event on Facebook for more information: