McBride Lecture Welcomes Bellwether Winner

Award-winning novelist Naomi Benaron delivered the ninth-annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature in October. 

Benaron received the Bellwether Prize for social justice in fiction in 2010. Her bestselling novel, Running the Rift, tells the coming-of-age story of a young athlete during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Benaron’s visit included discussions with OC’s Rwandan Presidential Scholars. 

OC provided Running the Rift free as an e-book to incoming first-year students. Professors used it in various courses, including the Symposium class in OC’s Honors Program. 

“The novel provides a look into another culture and gives students insight into some of their peers they might not have understood before,” Hannah Bingham (14) said. 

OC will host Nicholas Sparks, whose best-sellers include The Notebook, on Nov. 21 for the 10th-annual McBride Lecture. For more information, go to 

Summer 2014

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