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Diversity Reading Group 2017-2018

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The Diversity Reading Group is designed to: bring together people from all areas of the College; expand participants' awareness and appreciation of diversity issues; promote open and extended discussion of diversity issues; and enhance the feeling of community at Dartmouth. Members of the Upper Valley community are welcome to join.

All sessions will be held over the lunch hour (12-1 PM), location TBD. Please RSVP so we can purchase lunch in advance. (Note that you will need to enter your Dartmouth NetID/log-in information to access the registration form.) Contact with any questions. 

whistling vivaldi book coverFriday, October 20 @ Noon
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele

Buy from AmazonIndieBound, Norwich Bookstore. Contact IDE if you would like to borrow a copy.

"The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider's look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity... He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these "stereotype threats" and reshaping American identities." -


constellation book coverMonday, November 13 @ Noon
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Buy from Amazon, IndieBound, Norwich Bookstore. Contact IDE if you would like to borrow a copy. 
Please note that this fictional work, set during war-time, includes scenes of torture and amputation. 

*Starred Review* In this extraordinary first novel, Marra homes in on a people and a region that barely register with most Americans and, in heartrending prose, makes us feel their every misfortune. In rural Chechnya, during the second war, a small group of people struggle to survive in the bleakest of circumstances. A gifted surgeon works tirelessly in a crumbling hospital, hardening her heart so that she can perform her gruesome work. An eight-year-old girl who has already seen too much is being hunted by the government ever since the night her father was abducted by Russian soldiers. An incompetent doctor who longed to be an artist paints portraits of 41 neighbors who were killed by government forces and hangs them in the doorways and trees of his ruined village. And a lonely man, once brutally tortured, turns government informant to obtain the insulin needed by his diabetic father, who, in turn, refuses to speak to him. Marra collapses time, sliding between 1996 and 2004 while also detailing events in a future yet to arrive, giving his searing novel an eerie, prophetic aura. All of the characters are closely tied together in ways that Marra takes his time revealing, even as he beautifully renders the way we long to connect and the lengths we will go to endure. - Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

Friday Dec 8 @ Noon Realness book cover
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Buy from Amazon, IndieBound, Norwich Bookstore. Contact IDE if you would like to borrow a copy.

"With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman's quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real." - 



Last Updated: 9/12/17