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Community Reads: Community Reads: Fall 2016 | Citizen: An American Lyric

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library


People at a Black Lives Matter protest by Dorret on Flickr​Over the 2016-2017 academic year, the UWB/CC Campus Library will host various events and informal spaces for dialogue around the question of safety.

What does safety look like for you and your community? How do concerns about safety impact your daily life and experience? When and how does your privilege insulate you from such concerns? Some of the specific issues we may touch upon during the year include police brutality, immigrant and refugee struggles, labor rights, LGBTQIA+ status, domestic violence, and others. 

If you have suggestions for events or topics and/or would like to collaborate on an event, please let us know!



November: Community Reads

December-February: Black Lives Matter Display in collaboration with the UWB Black Student Union


Community Reads

This fall, join us for a community discussion of Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric.

Everyone is invited - UWB/CC students, faculty, staff, and community members. Read the book the New York Times declared "throws a Molotov cocktail at the notion that a reduction of injustice is the same as freedom" and join us to share your thoughts! 

  • Date: Wednesday November 17th
  • Time: 1:00-2:30pm
  • Place: LB1-205

Information about copies of Citizen: An American Lyric available online, at the Campus Library, and elsewhere is listed below. 

Even if you're only able to read part of the book before November 17th, please join us! There will be no pop quizzes, we promise!

The 2016-2017 Community Reads program:

Fall QuarterCitizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Winter QuarterNobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill

Spring QuarterOctavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown

Our goals for the Community Reads program are to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote engagement with thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship related to issues of equity and social justice across the UWB/CC campus and community.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and community conversation.