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Diversity and Inclusion Book Club

The Office of Equity and Diversity hosts a Diversity and Inclusion Book Club throughout the year to stimulate discussions on diversity, equality, and inclusion.  Participation is fluid to account for varying schedules and subject matter interests.  The book club is open to all students, staff, and faculty.

Prior to each discussion, our office holds a random drawing to give away 5 free copies of the upcoming selection. A link will be available on our site for a period of time to enter the drawings. Each discussion takes place in the Madison Plaza lounge at 920 Madison Ave in the food court dining area between 11:30 and 1:00pm.  You may bring a lunch or purchase a lunch in the plaza.  You are encouraged to attend even if you do not have the opportunity to finish the book prior to the discussion.

BOOK SUMMARY  REGISTER TO WIN A COPY  WINNERS ANNOUNCED  DISCUSSION DATE

educated book

Educated By Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. July 19, 2019   July 24, 2019

September 5, 2019

11:30 – 1:00pm

 

broken ladder book

The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne

The Broken Ladder explores such issues as why women in poor societies often have more children, and why they have them at a younger age; why there is little trust among the working class in the prudence of investing for the future; why people's perception of their social status affects their political beliefs and leads to greater political divisions; how poverty raises stress levels as effectively as actual physical threats; how inequality in the workplace affects performance; and why unequal societies tend to become more religious. Understanding how inequality shapes our world can help us better understand what drives ideological divides, why high inequality makes the middle class feel left behind, and how to disconnect from the endless treadmill of social comparison.

September 6, 2019  September 11, 2019

October 10, 2019

11:30 - 1:00pm

 

the last pass book

The Last Pass by Gary M. Pomerantz

At the heart of the story THE LAST PASS tells is the relationship between these two iconic athletes. The book is also in a way Bob Cousy's last testament on his complex and fascinating life. As a sports story alone it has few parallels: A poor kid whose immigrant French parents suffered a dysfunctional marriage, the young Cousy escaped to the New York City playgrounds, where he became an urban legend known as the Houdini of the Hardwood. The legend exploded nationally in 1950, his first year as a Celtic: he would be an all-star all 13 of his NBA seasons. To Boston's white sportswriters it was Cousy's team, not Russell's, and as the civil rights movement took flight, and Russell became more publicly involved in it, there were some ugly repercussions in the community, more hurtful to Russell than Cousy feels he understood at the time. October 11, 2019  October 16, 2019   

November 21, 2019

11:30 – 1:00pm

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.
November 22, 2019  December 4, 2019 

January 16, 2020

11:30 – 1:00pm 

becoming michelle obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address  January 17, 2020  January 22, 2020

February 27, 2020

11:30 – 1:00pm 

sons book

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.  With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Robert Foster.

February 28, 2020  March 4, 2020  

May  21, 2020

11:30 – 1:00pm

Last Published: Aug 8, 2019