San Jose State’s Campus Reading Program features a great book every year. Freshmen and incoming transfers receive the book for free, and the rest of the campus is encouraged to buy or borrow a copy so the whole community can read and discuss it.
This year’s book, Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, is perfect for the College of Engineering community. Read a summary about this New York Times bestseller here. The book became not one, but TWO movies -- a documentary called Underwater Dreams, and a Hollywood-type movie called Spare Parts, co-produced by and starring George Lopez, along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Marissa Tomei.
On Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12, the College of Engineering will host showings of Underwater Dreams at 4 pm, in room ENG 285/287 with free popcorn! Both nights show the same movie, so come when you can. The Hollywood version is fun to watch sometime, but the documentary was a lot truer to this amazing and complex story. You don’t need to register -- just show up.
See the Underwater Dreams trailer.
The conversation about immigration, documentation and equity could not be more timely, so the Campus Reading Program has also invited the book’s author and Oscar Vasquez, one of the four students to come to SJSU. Read about all the related events here.
Another movie night of special interest to Engineering students will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at 4 pm in the Hammer Theater (down the street, free). Co-sponsored by the SJSU chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and Alpha Omega Epsilon, this showing of the documentary, The Missfits, explores the challenges and victories of being a female engineer -- in high school.
See the Missfits trailer.