The Peay Read is intended to help you open your mind to new ideas and to think critically about issues that face our society. Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John was selected for the Fall 2014 Peay Read because it presents rich themes for the reader’s consideration.
Thematic Topics in Outcasts United:
Building Camaraderie around Common Interests: Sports, Art & Music
Different but Same
Building Character through Adversity
Overcoming Barriers through Sports
Clash of the Cultures
|Ethics and Philosophy|
Choices and Consequences
Life's Chilling Truths
Violation of Human Rights
Discipline and Success
|Social, Economic, and Political Aspects|
Cultural Experiences and Connection to Identity
Personal Perception of Individuals over Time
Overcoming Poverty to Achieve Education
|Family and Community|
What Constitutes Family?
Expectations and Influence of Family
What's in a Name?
Role of Mentors
While this list of topics is not an exhaustive list, we would like you to keep these topics in mind as you are reading the book and to then explore them further by developing one of them into a creative response to the book. Your response can take the form of a poem, essay, screenplay, sculpture, video, choreography, photography, musical composition, painting, drawing, or anything else you come up with! We want to see what your mind can create.
All projects will be reviewed by your APSU 1000 Instructor as well as the APSU 1000 judges. These criteria are what they will be assessing in your projects:
Adapted from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Life of the Mind Consortium.