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Opening Convocation Welcomes “American Nerd” Benjamin Nugent

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 30, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – This year’s Opening Convocation will feature Guest Speaker Benjamin Nugent, author of “American Nerd: The Story of My People” (Scribner, 2008), on September 12 in the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center at 1 p.m.  The book is a cultural history of the nerd that encompasses memoir.

In addition to “American Nerd,” Nugent is the author of “Good Kids,” a novel to be released by Scriber in 2013.  His essays have been published in The New York Times Op/Ed page, The New York Times Magazine among others.  Born in Massachusetts and educated at Reed College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Nugent is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, where he also teaches its MFA and undergraduate programs.

Open Convocation is an all-campus event held annually at the beginning of each new academic year.  As a formal academic ceremony, Convocation highlights the summer reading selection and provides an experiential learning opportunity for students.  The Guest Speaker is associated with the First-Year Seminar’s summer reading and provides students with a hands-on opportunity to connect with the summer reading selection.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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