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Fall 2018 Diversity Reading Circles

Diversity Reading Circles
October 29, 2018

WLC Spanish professor Carol Wallace will lead the first in a series of book circles sponsored by the Commission on Equity, Race & Ethnicity.

CERE, the Commission on Equity, Race & Ethnicity, would like to invite you to participate in one or both of our Fall 2018 Reading Circles. Participants will read the books in advance and participate in a discussion guided by one of the members of CERE. 6-10 copies of each book will be available to be checked out from the Kathryn A. Martin Library, or you can purchase your own copy. These events are co-sponsored by the Kathryn A. Martin Library.
Monday, October 29
5-6:00 pm
KAML Rotunda
13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance/13 colores de la resistencia hondurena
by Melissa Cardoza, trans. by Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle (bilingual with Spanish/English side-by-side)
Discussion led by Dr. Carol Wallace, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
"In 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance, feminist author and activist Melissa Cardoza tells 13 stories about women from the Honduran resistance in the aftermath of the June 28th, 2009 coup against President Manuel Zelaya. On that day, led by a U.S.-trained General, the Honduran military barged in to the president's house and took him in his pajamas into a helicopter, flying him first to a U.S. base in Honduras and then on to Costa Rica. It was the first coup of the 21st century in Central America. The military and Honduran oligarchy quickly imposed an interim government, undid most of the progressive reforms underway, and passed hundreds of concessions to corporate interests. To the surprise of the coup's backers, however, thousands of people around the country spontaneously came out into the streets. Their numbers and the depth of their vision and commitment kept growing during hundreds of days of consecutive protest, with fearless women at the forefront."
 
Wednesday, November 14
4-5:00 pm
KAML Rotunda
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
by Safiya Umoja Noble
Discussion led by Peter Angelos, Tech Director for the College of Liberal Arts
 "In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color."
Watch for more reading circles coming up next semester, starting on January 28  with Sheryll Cashin's Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy. 
Please join us!
For more information, contact Carol Wallace (cwallace@d.umn.edu)