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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 call 215.895.1405.

For more information about The Book Circle, please call 215.895.1405. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Location: Online Event

Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid

We are excited to announce the next meeting for our Intercultural Book Circle! This free event will be Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and feature one of our own Drexel Dragons, Jeannine Cook, owner of Harriett's Bookshop located at 258 E. Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125. This bookshop was named for historical heroine Harriet Tubman and celebrates women authors, women artists, and women activists.

The book that will be discussed is Such A Fun Age by New York Times best seller Kiley Reid, who will also be at this event! Please join us in this opportunity to support our students and local businesses here in the Philadelphia area. Contact icm35@drexel.edu with questions or concerns.

You must purchase the book via the link below to gain access to this free event exclusive to the Drexel community. The ticket price is included in the book and shipping cost. Please purchase your book via this link: eventbrite.com/e/110685098108

Here's a sneak peak:

Emira Tucker is a 25 year-old living in Philadelphia with two part-time jobs (typist and babysitter) and no health insurance. One night Alix, the mother of the child for whom she babysits, calls upon her in an emergency, and Emira—clad in her “going out” clothes—takes the toddler to a yuppie grocery store, only to be accused of kidnapping by a security guard and fellow shopper.

Emira and Alix’s lives, although distinctly different, intersect in a wholly surprising way, raising difficult questions about morality, forgiveness, race, class, and parenthood.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: James E. Marks Intercultural Center

"There There"

by Tommy Orange

The next meeting of the Intercultural Book Circle is February 19, on the ground level in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch Street) from 12-1:30 p.m. This is one of several upcoming "One Book, One Philadelphia" events across Philadelphia. Light refreshments will be served. To request a complimentary copy of the book and to RSVP for the event, email rrm73@drexel.edu. A synopsis follows:

Twelve Native Americans came to the Big Oakland Powwow for different reasons. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work the powwow and to honor his uncle's memory. Edwin Frank has come to find his true father. Bobby Big Medicine has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather. Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Powwow with darker intentions -- intentions that will destroy the lives of everyone in his path.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Location: James E. Marks Intercultural Center

"Becoming Michelle Obama"

by Michelle Obama

The next meeting of the Intercultural Book Circle will take place on Tuesday, June 4, at 12:00 p.m. in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch Street) for a discussion of “Becoming Michelle Obama” by Michelle Obama. Lunch will be served and, as always, the first 30 people to RSVP to, rrm73@drexel.edu can claim a free copy of the book. A synopsis follows:

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Location: James E. Marks Intercultural Center

"Sing, Unburied, Sing"

by Jesmyn Ward

Book cover for Sing, Unburied, Sing. A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

The next meeting of the Intercultural Book Circle will take place on Wednesday, February 20, at 12:00 p.m. in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch Street) for a discussion of “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward. This is one of several upcoming “One Book, One Philadelphia events at Drexel. Lunch will be served and, as always, the first 30 people to RSVP to jkrohn@drexel.edu can claim a free copy of the book. A synopsis follows:

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager. His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances. When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Location: James E. Marks Intercultural Center

"The Underground Railroad"

by Colson Whitehead

book cover image for the 'The Underground Railroad'

The next meeting of the Intercultural Book Circle will take place on Wednesday, October 31, at 12:00 p.m. in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch Street) for a discussion of “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Lunch will be served and, as always, the first 30 people to RSVP to jkrohn@drexel.edu can claim a free copy of the book. A synopsis follows:

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.


2017 – 2018 academic year book selections:

"Born A Crime"

by Trevor Noah

Image of Book Cover 'Born a Crime' by Trevor Noah

"Everything I Never Told You"

by Celeste Ng

Cover for the Book 'Everything I Never Told You'

"Another Brooklyn"

by Jacqueline Woodson

Book cover for 'Another Brooklyn' by Jacqueline Woodson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Seminar

Flyer for Henrietta Lacks event

In the Darkroom

by Susan Faludi

 



2016 – 2017 academic year book selections:

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

 

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

by Sam Quinones

 

ONE BOOK ONE PHILADELPHIA:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

 Image of the book cover for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ' by Mark Haddon

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Image of the book cover for 'Americanah' a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche


 

2015 – 2016 academic year book selections: 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Book cover for the short and tragic life of robert peace  


 

2014 – 2015 academic year book selections:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

 Book Cover for the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Copulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortmann

Book cover for 'Triggered: A memoir of obsessive-compulsive disorder' by Fletcher Wortmann

ONE BOOK ONE PHILADELPHIA: Orphan Train

Book cover for Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Book Cover for Daring Greatly by Brene Brown