The Diversity Common Reader Program (DCRP) is a semester-long, campus-wide initiative that focuses on reading as a means of social dialogue and change. Held annually since 2013, this program comprises an interdisciplinary series of events inspired by a nonfiction book that advances discussions of diversity, inclusion, and justice. Each year, books are distributed free of charge to interested NMU students (on a first-come-first-served basis), and all events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the DCRP committee chair (email@example.com) or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (firstname.lastname@example.org, 906-227-2000).
2020-2021 Diversity Common Reader Selection
Working squarely within the prophetic tradition of literary giants James Baldwin and Richard Wright, Coates explores what it means to live in a black body in contemporary America. Between the World and Me folds trenchant social critique into an intimate letter addressed to the author's son, and is a singular and deeply compelling treatment of issues at the heart of the antiracist protests that have defined 2020.
DCRP Events for 2020-2021
|Book Distribution: Free to NMU students||November 4-12||
Lydia M. Olson Library, English Department, Multicultural Education and Resource Center, Disability Student Services, and hte Center for Student Enrichment. For a free ebook (Kindle format) NMU students can sign up here.
|Between the World and Me: In Conversation - Panel Discussion||November 13, 2pm||
Virtual - free tickets available at NMU Ticketing Office
Watch the live recorded zoom discussion at the link here
|Winter Break Book Club||
December 15, 7pm
December 29, 7pm Part II (pp. 73-132)
January 12, 7pm Part III (pp. 133-152)
|Virtual. Space is limited. Register at the link here|
|Film Screening: Black Panther (in collaboration with Campus Cinema)||January 30, 6pm||Jamrich 1100|
|Between the World and Me: Virtual Voices - Curated selection of readings and responses||February 26, 7:30pm||Virtual - free tickets available at NMU Ticketing Office|
|Lecture: Erika Edwards, Professor of History at UNC - Charlotte (in collaboration with UNITED)||March 25||Virtual|
|Book Discussion: Erika Edwards, Professor of History at UNC - Charlotte (in collaboration with UNITED)||March 26||Virtual|