Community Book Connection: Fall 2022 Events

Note on campus-based events: CCBC and Community Book events will adhere to the guidelines and protocols outlined in Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 protocols, visit the CCBC Coronavirus webpage.

Accessibility Statement: All events are free and open to the public. Most/All events are open-access; ASL interpreting will be provided by CCBC Interpreter Preparation Program student interns and mentors.

Ongoing Events

CBC Student Showcase

CCBC students who participate in this year’s community book are invited to submit work to be considered for the CBC Student Showcase in Spring 2023. We accept research projects, essays, presentations, and all creative works related to Under a White Sky.

Share the Student Showcase Submission Form with your students and encourage them to submit!

Contact Professor Lauren Pollak

Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?

Patricia Quintero-Hall, from the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Jhane Cummings, from the Office of Student Life & Civic Engagement will hold a National Issues Forum in your classroom. Students will discuss and deliberate possible solutions for the challenges of a warming planet. This presentation is available to individual classes throughout the semester.

Contact Patricia Quintero-Hall

The Library Research Guide

Under a White Sky Library Research Guide contains resources for this year's Community Book, including pages on topics by chapter, and the author Elizabeth Kolbert

Contact Debra Sambuco

Documentary Film

A Plastic Ocean is an award-winning documentary featuring dedicated scientists, filmmakers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists. It explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. It documents the global effects of plastic pollution and highlights workable technologies and innovative solutions that everyone - from governments to individuals - can do, to create a cleaner and greener ocean. Available for streaming at the CCBC Library at this link.

Recycled Art Contest

In celebration of 'America Recycles Day' on November 15th, The Mellon Foundation, CCBC Sustainability Committee, and Community Book Connection present the 2022 Recycled Art Contest!!

Projects must be at least 70% recycled/reused material. Participants should submit their projects with a 2–5-minute video displaying and talking about their recycled art (only one submission per person). Members of the CBC and Sustainability Committees will judge the entries on the following criteria: use of recycled materials (70%), craftsmanship and design (20%), and overall effort (10%).

Projects must be submitted by November 7, 2022. Winners will be announced by November 21, 2022.

Click here for the Contest Flyer with Submission Forms. (Participants must be current CCBC students.)

  • First Place Award (on each campus/satellite center): $50 OneCard
  • Second Place Award (on each campus/satellite center): $25 OneCard

Event Organizers: A. Simms-Clark and L. Rajkumar

Social Media

Join the discussion, explore the issues, and get involved with Community Book Connection events and opportunities! Click the links below to follow CBC on social media and to check out our website for Under a White Sky.



CBC Social Media Liaison, Renuka Purimetla


Invasive Plant Talk & Walk

Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Gunpowder State Park, 10am-12pm

Join an invasive plant talk and walk along the Big Gunpowder Falls led by Joyce Kelley, Faculty Instructor of Sustainable Horticulture. Learn to identify native and invasive plant species and their effects on the environment. The trail is mostly flat with some grade, rocks, muddy spots, and roots to maneuver. Dress for the weather and wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes. Bring drinking water and a snack or lunch to enjoy in the park after the hike.

RSVP to Joyce Kelley. In case of inclement weather, the host will contact confirmed attendees.

Personal transportation required. Directions to parking lot:

Valerie Brown: Mindfulness: The Art of Healing Ourselves and Healing the World

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 11:10-12:30

Cultivating the practice of mindfulness is essential in the face cascading threats of climate crisis, racial and social injustice, war, and gun violence. How do we cultivate groundedness, awareness, and calm when our lives are touched by fear, vulnerability, ambiguity, and uncertainty? Based on the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, this highly interactive virtual program offers you practical, hands-on training in mindfulness practices in the Plum Village tradition to develop resilience, clarity, and understanding to care for yourself and care for your environment. Leave the program with new skills that you can apply in daily life to promote well-being and foster healing within our communities.

Contact Lauren Pollak

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 850 3316 5359
Password: Be0fK8

Successful Native Plants for the Average Yard

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 12:45-2 pm

Catonsville Barn 005

A naturalist from Irvine Nature Center will visit CCBC to present "Successful Native Plants for the Average Yard". Native plants get a reputation for making a yard look ‘wild’. Find out which trees, shrubs and flowers are easiest to grow with minimal maintenance, will ‘fit in’ and thrive in any yard but will make your yard bird and pollinator friendly.

Contact Lauren Pollak


Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

Monday, October 3 at 10:10 –12:10

Essex, Romadka College Center, Upper Lobby

In preparation for Indigenous Peoples Day, this workshop is for participants to learn how the Doctrine of Discovery has affected both the European colonizers and the Indigenous peoples of the United States since 1492. The facilitator, Paula Palmer, a bilingual sociologist, writer, and activist for racial justice, human rights, and environmental protection, will stimulate reflection, discussion, and appropriate actions toward justice, healing, and “right relationship” among all the peoples of this land

Contact Patricia Quintero-Hall

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Monday, October 10, 2022, 11:15 am

Join us for CCBC’s third annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Ceremony, co-sponsored by the Office of the President. This virtual ceremony will acknowledge and honor Native American traditions and cultures. We will share a moment of silence in remembrance of the discovery of indigenous children’s unmarked graves in Canada.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 822 6552 8874
Password: 6F1K1R

Invasive Species and their Impact on the Environment

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 11:10am – 12:30 pm

Invasive species are non-native species that may cause harm to Maryland’s wildlife, plants, environment, aquatics, recreation and human health. Join our speakers from the department of National Resources, the National Aquarium, and Gunpowder Valley Conservancy for an informative conversation about how our day-to-day activities that involve live organisms such as pets, seafood, and classroom and laboratory biological supply trades have led to the introduction and spread of invasive species.

Contact Ann-Marie Thornton

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 835 7557 3318
Password: pH3WFJ

Natives in Comics

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 2:30-3:30 pm

Contact: Myron Strong

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 849 9202 2029
Password: 3Rg8yE

Indigenous Peacemaking Circle: Healing Ourselves, Healing Earth

Drawing on Indigenous knowledge and practices, the Honorable Cheryl Demmert-Fairbanks (Tlingit-Tsimpshian), Christy S. Chapman, Esq. (Zuni) and Rainey Enjady (Mescalero Apache) of Sovereignty 360 will facilitate the creation of a sacred space for healing, reflecting, and learning about the human bond with the natural world.

Contact: Kim Jensen

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 821 4967 9293
Password: peace

Contemplative Practices Deepening Awareness and Concentration

Friday, October 21, 2022

Learn about contemplative practice, with the goals of enhancing cognitive performance, empowering creativity, managing stress and emotional challenges, developing the “whole person”, and staying present and connected to the community and to the world. Gerard Yun, Assistant Professor of Community Music at Canada’s Wilfred Laurier University, will present on the contemplative and meditative aspects of music, and our connections to communities and to Nature.

Free for all CCBC faculty/staff or currently enrolled CCBC students! Registration link: (CRN 32476).

Contact: David Hewitt or Alyssa Simms-Clark

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 8365 7174
Password: write

Fearlessness: When the Story is just a Story

Tuesday, March 22, 11:10 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Join Stephanie in an interactive talk/practice on the art of storytelling as action for change and reclamation of our true selves.

Contact: Patricia Quintero-Hall

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 811 0584 2716
Password: fearless

  • Contemplative Session I: 11am-12pm
  • Presentation by Gerard Yun: 12:20-1:50 pm
  • Contemplative Session II: 2-2:55 pm
  • Contemplative Session III: 3:05-4 pm

Environmental Justice: Giving LGBTQ+ and BIPOC Individuals a Voice

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Joe Toolan, Chair of the State of Maryland Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and former Central Atlantic Region Community Cultivator for OUT for Sustainability, will discuss environmental challenges, their impacts on disadvantaged populations, and how diverse people are working towards a sustainable future. He will share his experience as a Guatemalan American and his efforts to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the movement to mitigate climate change.

Contact: Morgan Slusher

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 6090 7755
Password: JL2QjR


Stories from the World We Live In: A Storytelling Panel

Tuesday, November 9, 2022, 11:10 am-12:30 pm

Essex ADMN 120

Join us for an exciting panel of storytellers and griots as they regale us with stories from their lives and communities. We’ll also talk about the art of storytelling, and how stories can be a pathway to connection, transformation, and healing in our communities. This event is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Forum.

Contact Carr Kizzier

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 3274 0085
Password: Griot

Faculty Led Climate Change Panel

Weds. November 9, 2022, 1-2 PM

ENVS and ERSC faculty, Anna Jaworski, Jenny Allen, David Ludwikoski, and Cristina Cardona, will lead a panel on climate change. Faculty will discuss the causes, local/global consequences, and solutions to this pertinent and important issue. Under a White Sky discusses the use of geoengineering as a solution; the panel will also touch on the benefits and drawbacks for its use.

Contact Dr. Cristina Cardona

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 174 4719
Password: CGLw70

Indigenous Lifeways: Maryland’s First People

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 11:10 am –12:30 pm

Catonsville Barn Lobby 005

In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, a naturalist from Irvine Nature Center will present Indigenous Lifeways: Maryland’s First People. Maryland has a long history of settlement by indigenous people, from early mammoth hunters to large villages along the Chesapeake Bay and recent migrants to Baltimore. While providing a timeline of these changes, this program focuses on the Eastern Woodland Indians and their adaptations to living in Maryland and use of its natural resources, including looking at recreated artifacts and trying some traditional skills.

Contact Lauren Pollak

All events are free and open to the public. Most events are open-access with ASL interpreting provided by CCBC Interpreter Preparation Program student interns and mentors. For more information on the Community Book Connection, email director Lauren Pollak:

*Event does not have interpreting services confirmed, but can be provided upon request.