Diversity Common Reader Program

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 (llarkin@nmu.edu) or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (diversity@nmu.edu, 906-227-2000).

2020-2021 Diversity Common Reader Selection

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates     

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

Event Description Date/time Location  
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
Part I (pp. 1-71)

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  

 

 

 

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