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

UMD Commission on Equity, Race & Ethnicity (CERE) invites the community to join a 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.

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.  People are welcome to read and bring their own copies of the books. The sessions are informal, where people are able to read all or part of the books, or can just come to listen.

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

six books on diversityBOOKS

13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance/13 colores de la resistencia hondureña by Melissa Cardoza
* 5-6 pm, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Discussion will be 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
* 4-5 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Discussion led by Peter Angelos, technology director for the College of Liberal Arts
For info, contact

Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy by Sheryll Cashin. 
* 4-5 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2019
Discussion led by Cheryl Reitan, UMD University Marketing and PR and Gerri Williams, community activist
For info, contact


Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot 
Book discussion and speaker event coming in February

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy Degruy
Book discussion and speaker event coming in March

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies 
by Resmaa Menakem 
Discussion coming in April

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.