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Part of our Audience Engagement Program

Reading Circle

As part of our Audience Engagement programs and our commitment to our We Will accountability statement, we are initiating our Reading Circle. Everyone is welcome to join us. Simply complete the registration form. With each book, we’ll offer Zoom or in-person conversations (when possible) where we can gather and discuss themes. Read our Vision and Mission Statements below.

  • Our VISION: Theatre and Dance at Wayne’s Reading Circle will create space to build more diverse and inclusive audience relationships, ensuring that our artistic programming speaks to our community.
  • Our MISSION: Theatre and Dance at Wayne’s Reading Circle engages our community in conversations centered around selected works of literature to deepen the connection between the performing arts and civic engagement and to inspire and nurture the collective human spirit.
  • Our THEME for 2020-21: Revelation. Empathy. Change.

Join the Reading Circle

Tap the registration button below to sign up as a member of our Reading Circle. All are welcome!

Book Selections

August Book Selection

White FragilityWhite Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Robin Diangelo (Author) Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by)

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Wayne State Students: You can check out the e-book from the Wayne State Library for free.
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