Reading Discussion Series: Winter Break Read

We hope you will join us for our 2018-2019 Winter Break Read!

This year, in alliance with the Humanities and Ethics Center theme, “Humaities and Democracy,” students and faculty will read Ta-Hehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

The fifteen students to sign up for the book discussion will receive a FREE copy of the memoir! Plan to gather for the book discussion at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 22 in the Humanities House!

To sign up and reserve one of the free 15 copies, email Dr. Katie Gilbert, at

From Penguin Random House: “Hailed by Toni Morrison as ‘required reading,’ a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer).

Number 1 New York Times Bestseller, National Book Award Winner, NAACP Image Award Winner, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalst.

“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. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.”