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Book Circle

 The Office of Equality & Diversity invites you to The Book Circle at the James E. Marks Intercultural Center. The Book Circle provides participants with a place to engage in a facilitated dialogue about various cultural, intercultural, and identity issues in a respectful environment that encourages openness and humility.

The Book Circle meets four times a year from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (A complimentary lunch is provided.)

A limited number of complimentary books will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Office of Equality & Diversity one month prior to the scheduled Book Circle. Copies of the books may also be available at Hagerty Library, Barnes and Noble Drexel and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please contact Dr. Millicent Carvalho-Grevious.

For more information about The Book Circle, contact Dr. Millicent Carvalho-Grevious at 215.571.3839 or by email at

The following books have been chosen for the 2013 – 2014 academic year:

 Facing the Black Shadow by Dr. Marlene Watson (Fall, 2013) 


 Book Cover of Facing the Black Shadows

“This powerful book breaks the silence on the black shadow and the myth of black inferiority. It will transform the dialogue on race and slavery in this country. Dr. Watson gives clear guidelines that can help black women, men, couples and families to successfully challenge these myths and to transmit clear message to our children. Readers will find hope in the struggle, and healing for the psyche and the souls of African Americans.” Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph. D. Author of Black Families in Therapy

Marlene F. Watson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the former Department Chair in Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is the author of the E-Book, Facing the Black Shadow, and a licensed couple and family therapist. Dr. Watson is the 2004-2005 recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Howard University, Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Long Island University, Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech University, Certificate in Multiculturalism from the Multicultural Institute and George Washington University, and completed an internship in marriage and family therapy at Saint Albans Psychiatric Hospital in Radford, Virginia.

 ONE BOOK ONE PHILADELPHIA: The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Winter 2014)


One Book One Philadelphia at Drexel University: Frontlines, Friendships, and the Power of Fiction  (A)  (T)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:30PM

Drexel University, Bossone Research Enterprise Center, Mitchell Auditorium, 3120 Market St.,215-895-2501 

University and community panelists, including Warrior Writers, will discuss The Yellow Birds and reflect on the role of the arts and humanities in the exploration and expression of war. Drexel University, ranked by Victory Media as a military-friendly school, will draw upon its campus resources to celebrate a significant writing and to pay homage to student-veterans. This discussion will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception. 

Quiet: The Power of Introversion in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Spring 2014) - Thursday, April 3, 2014


 “A smart, lively book about the value of silence and solitude that makes you want to shout from the rooftops.”-Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

Susan Cain is an American writer and lecturer, and author of the 2012 non-fiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, which argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people.

Cain graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She worked first as an attorney, and then as a negotiations consultant as owner and principal of The Negotiation Company. Cain has been a fellow and a faculty/staff member of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an educational non-profit organization. Cain left her careers in corporate law and consulting, for a quieter life of writing at home with her family. She later wrote that she looks back on her years as a Wall Street lawyer "as time spent in a foreign country."

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (Spring, 2014) - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“Lean In poses a set of ambitious challenges to women: to create the lives we want, to be the leaders in our work, to be partners in our homes, and to be champions of other women. Sheryl provides pragmatic advice on how women in the twenty-first century can meet these challenges. I hope women and men of my generation will read this book to help us build the lives we want to lead and the world we want to live in.”- Chelsea Clinton

Ms. Sheryl K. Sandberg has been the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Inc. since March 24, 2008. Ms. Sandberg is responsible for helping Facebook scale its operations and expand its presence globally and also managed sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy and communications. She served as a Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations at Google Inc., from November 2001 to March 2008 and was responsible for online sales of Google's advertising and publishing products. She joined Google Inc. in 2001. She was also responsible for sales operations for Google's consumer products and Google Book Search. Prior to Google, Ms. Sandberg served as the Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department, where she helped lead its work on forgiving debt in the developing world.