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Inclusion Infusion - Reading Circles

This line-up of informal reading sessions is designed to stimulate discussions about diversity and equity in order to create a stronger UMD community.

The UMD Commission on Equity, Race & Ethnicity (CERE) invites the community to join our 2018-2019 Reading Circles. 

Participants are invited to attend as many of the session as desired. These events are designed to expand awareness and appreciation of diversity issues and enhance the feeling of community. All are welcome to participate or just to listen.

Reading Circle Books

Guests are invited to check out books at the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library on a first-come, first-served basis. Six to ten copies of each book will be available one month prior to the event. Participants are welcome to bring their own copies of the books as well. The sessions are informal, so participants may read all or part of the books or can just come to listen.

The Reading Circles are co-sponsored by the Kathryn A. Martin Library and will be held in the 4th Floor Library Rotunda.


Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy by Sheryll Cashin. 
* 4-5 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, Library Rotunda
Book discussion with Cheryl Reitan ( — University Marketing and PR — and Gerri Williams ( — community activist.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot. 
* 4-5 pm, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, Library Rotunda 
Book discussion with Rick Smith ( — American Indian Learning Resource Center — and Cheryl Reitan ( — University Marketing and PR

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung. 
* 5-6:30 pm, Thursday, Apr. 17, 2019, Library Rotunda 
Book discussion with Julie Kim ( — Health Services

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
* 4-4:45 pm, Thursday, May 16, Library Rotunda  
Book discussion with Daisy Wallace ( — Labovitz School of Business and Economics

The reading circles are free and open to the public. For disability accommodations contact Kyle Harriss at 218-726-6546 or the main desk at 218-726-6120.


13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance/13 colores de la resistencia hondureña by Melissa Cardoza
Discussion was led by Dr. Carol Wallace, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies. For info, contact

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
Discussion was led by Peter Angelos, technology director for the College of Liberal Arts. For info, contact

These books are still available for check-out at the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library.