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Circle
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.

How to join?

  1. Register below to receive our email updates about future virtual meetings.
  2. Optionally, join our private Facebook group to have discussions and talk with one another between meetings.

Become a Member

Required

Please fill out your information below to register for this program. Registration closes 2 hours prior to each month’s book club launch.

Join the Reading Circle's Facebook Group

Optional

This private group serves to support discussion on each book in the Reading Circle. Within the private group you’ll have access to and be invited to Zoom sessions, book units, and more.

Book Selections

Book selections and schedule are subject to change.

August Book Selection

White Fragility - Book CoverWhite 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.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020: 1pm: Initial Zoom meeting
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020: Midway check-in via FlipGrid
  • Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020: 1pm: Book discussion via Zoom meeting

Wayne State Students: You can check out the e-book from the Wayne State Library for free.
Purchase the book: If you wish to purchase the book consider buying it from our affiliate link via the button below. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

September Book Selection

How to Be an Antiracist - Book CoverHow to Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi (Author)

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism–and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas–from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities–that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020: 1pm: Initial Zoom meeting
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020: 5:30pm: Midway check-in
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020: 5:30pm: Book discussion via Zoom meeting

Wayne State Students: You can check out the e-book from the Wayne State Library for free.
Purchase the book: If you wish to purchase the book consider buying it from our affiliate link via the button below. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

October Book Selection

All About LoveAll About Love: New Visions

Bell Hooks (Author)

“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet…we would all love to better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.

As Bell Hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explode the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for the individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared Bell Hooks one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.”

Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020: 5:30pm: Initial Zoom meeting
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020: 5:30pm: Midway check-in
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020: 5:30pm: Book discussion via Zoom meeting

Purchase the book: If you wish to purchase the book consider buying it from our affiliate link via the button below. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

November/December Book Selection

Letter from a Region in My Mind - Book CoverLetter from a Region in My Mind

James Baldwin (Author)

James Baldwin’s essay, written to no one in particular, poses the following, “Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.” The essay, published in the New Yorker in 1962, was included in Baldwin’s 1963 non-fiction book, The Fire Next Time, where it shared pages with another essay, “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation”. Critics greeted the book enthusiastically; it is considered, by some, as one of the most influential books about race relations in the 1960s.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020: 5:30pm: Initial Zoom meeting
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020: 5:30pm: Midway check-in
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020: 5:30pm: Book discussion via Zoom meeting

Read the essay online: Visit this link to read the article on the New Yorker’s website ➞ https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/11/17/letter-from-a-region-in-my-mind

A PDF of the essay is also available here if you have trouble accessing the webpage above.

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