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Faculty Development and Diversity

2017 Diversity Reading Groups

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Open to all faculty, staff, students and administrators

One lunchtime a week in October

Each year, Diversity Reading Groups offer a range of great reading opportunities in the month of October designed to invite every member of the Loyola community into shared conversation about diversity and inclusion. This year’s groups come from community suggestions and tie into other important campus efforts and traditions: MLK Convocation, Commitment to Justice Speakers Series, Common Text, Accessibility Task Force, and the Hanway Lecture in Global Studies. In this way, the Diversity Reading Groups support and sustain ongoing conversations around racial justice and feminism, sexual minority experience, mass incarceration, disability studies, and environmental justice, on campus and beyond. To wrap up, participants are invited to attend the annual Commitment to Lecture Series, this year on the topic of sexuality and justice.

Choose one of the groups below. Sign up with Joanna Alexander. Books provided through Academic Affairs.


Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, by Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Moderated by Maria Desangles & John Kiess

Noon - 1 p.m., College Center 105

Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23

In partnership with the Commitment to Justice Lecture, Nov. 9 @ 7 p.m.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Moderated by Scott Adams & Drew Leder

12:15 - 1:30 p.m., Library Seminar Room 1022

Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24

In partnership with the 2017 Common Text Reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


My Body Politic: A Memoir, by Simi Linton

Moderated by Sara Scalenghe & Marcia Wiedefeld

Noon - 1 p.m., Library Seminar Room 1022

Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25

In partnership with the Accessibility Task Force


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

Moderated by Peggy O'Neill & Karsonya Wise Whitehead

12:15 - 1:30 p.m., College Center 107

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26

In partnership with the MLK Convocation, Jan. 15 @ 5 p.m.  


Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States, by Carl Zimring

Moderated by Janine Holc & Leota Wilson

Noon - 1 p.m., Humanities 221

Oct. 6, 13 & 27

In partnership with the Hanway Lecture in Global Studies, date & time TBD

Wrap-up: Commitment to Justice Lecture Series, "Sexuality and Justice: Beyond Rhetoric"

Sponsored by Loyola's Commitment to Justice Committee

All groups are Invited!

Nov. 9 @ 7 p.m.