Sunday, November 20, 2016

THIS WEEK: first dije book club discussion on December 7

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The first dije book discussion is this Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Brownlee. 

If you have not registered for the December 7 discussion, we have scheduled two more discussions for January. Please register here.

January 12, 2017 at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Brownlee
January 19, 2017 at 4:30-5:30 p.m. online via BlueJeans Video Conference

As part of our storytelling theme this year, which we are employing to further our diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) initiative, we are introducing the dije book club. Fiction's universal themes of the human experience help unite us while also allowing us to look at the world through another's point of view. By coming together to discuss a work of fiction, we hope to learn with and from each other using the book as a medium for building deeper perspective and understanding.

Our first book will be Colson Whitehead’s 2016 Winner of the National Book Award for fiction, Underground Railroad. The book tells the harrowing escape of one slave from Georgian plantation life in antebellum America as she encounters different worlds on each stage of her journey. The book depicts violent scenes that some may find triggering, including slavery, rape, and language some may find offensive.

Free copies of the book are available to students in the dean's office. Also, faculty and staff may purchase a copy of the book in the dean's office from Mary Delano for $17.52 (this is a 30% discount off the normal retail price). Please have cash in the exact amount or a check made payable to "The University of Michigan".

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