Pella Chronicle

Central College

April 19, 2012

“Little Princes” named Central College’s 2012 common reading book

Pella — The Central College Intersections council and student activities office have named “Little Princes,” Conor Grennan’s 2011 memoir of his volunteer efforts in Nepal, the common reading book for the summer of 2012.

All incoming freshman are assigned to read the book before fall classes begin, and it will be used during instruction in Intersections, Central’s required first-year course. Intersections asks students to study human nature through various perspectives.

“The common reading is a way to give students a shared academic experience they can use to connect with faculty and other students,” said Peggy Fitch, Intersections director.

Each year the common reading book is selected by a committee including both faculty and students. Books are chosen based on how well they apply to the themes presented in Intersections.

“The committee was predominantly blown away by the story presented in this book,” said Jill Batten, student activities director. “It is an exceptional fit with the themes students will explore in their Intersections classes.”

“Little Princes” retells Grennan’s decision to travel the world in 2004 and his subsequent discovery of rampant child trafficking while volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal. The memoir tracks the author’s initial reluctance to involve himself in a country struggling through civil war and his eventual steadfast resolve to aid the children.

Prior to Grennan’s arrival in Nepal, child trafficking had become commonplace in the war-torn country. Traffickers promised parents in remote villages to protect their children by taking them away from fighting. After collecting a fee from the parents, traffickers abandoned children in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital. Discovering the children at the orphanage still had families, Grennan set out to reunite them.

“There are metaphors for identity weaved throughout the story, along with messages about expecting the unexpected,” said Batten. “We hope students will find these inspiring and encouraging during a year they’re facing significant changes.”  

Grennan will visit Central’s campus Sept. 13. He will host a convocation for students and will be featured at Geisler Library’s Writers Reading series, among other engagements.

“It’s been our practice for the common read author to visit campus when possible,” said Fitch. “It makes the book and the message more relevant to students. They’re able to ask questions they could not otherwise.”

Before embarking on the travel that took him to Nepal in 2004, Grennan worked for eight years at the EastWest Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and Brussels, Belgium. There he worked on peace, community development and anti-trafficking policy in the European Union and former Yugoslavia. After the experiences documented in “Little Princes,” Grennan founded Next Generation Nepal, an organization aimed at reuniting trafficked children with their families.

In the fall, Central will host its annual community teach-in in connection with the common reading book. The two-day teach-in features classes and workshops in which the public is invited to join Central students to discuss issues presented in “Little Princes.” Dates and the schedule of events will be announced in the fall.

Text Only
Central College
  • College photo Hundreds to visit Central College Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) will bring hundreds of high school students and parents to visit Central College in the first full week of August. Each day from August 4-8, guests can learn about Central by attending sessions that begin at 9 a.m. an

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central College receives grant to train high school teachers Central College has been awarded a share of a $600,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Education for the next three years. The grant will fund a collaborative project between Central College and Drake University to train high school math teachers f

    July 15, 2014

  • New honor society chapter opens at Central College Central College recently established its first mathematics honor society, Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), with 12 students and two faculty as charter members. KME National Treasurer Cynthia Huffman, a professor at Pittsburg State University, traveled to Pell

    July 15, 2014

  • Central College logo Central College joins Alliance for Resilient Campuses

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central College announces Arthur J. Bosch fellows Five Central College students will undertake summer research projects as the inaugural class of Bosch Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows. Their research is supported by the Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research, which provides financial s

    June 26, 2014

  • Central College faculty and partner receive awards Central College faculty member Linda Laine, associate professor of communication studies, was recognized by Iowa Campus Compact at the Engaged Campus Awards. Laine won the organization’s Mission Award and was formally recognized at an awards ceremony

    June 17, 2014

  • Central College hosts RCA General Synod June 12-17 Central College will host the 2014 General Synod of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) June 12 - 17. The annual synod provides a forum for denominational leaders to discuss and set direction for the church. This year, several joint sessions will be

    June 11, 2014

  • Central College welcomes 3 new members to board of trustees Central College announced three new members to its board of trustees. Karen Dorsey, Chip Griffith and Denny Hanson will begin their board terms July 1, bringing their professional experiences in a variety of fields. "We feel extremely fortunate that

    June 4, 2014

  • Central RED Society to celebrate first academic year of Central RED Come and help Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) Society thank all of their instructors and learn what classes are offered next year on Tuesday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in the Sutphen room of the Graham Annex. Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will b

    May 14, 2014

  • Central College logo Central, PPD take complaints seriously

    May 8, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide