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Winter 2008 | Archives

Information on the Diversity Matters Book Series for the remainder of the 2008-09 academic year:

Winter Quarter

students Working Parts by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Lori Taylor makes a pact with her best friend, fellow bike mechanic Miguel, that she will learn to read if he learns to kiss. This book follows these best buddies, a lesbian and a straight man, as they confront and then try to overcome their secret shames. The believable, lovable, well-rounded characters examine important social issues of literacy, race, age, class and physical appearance.

Book Discussion: Feb. 13, 11 a.m.–noon, South Omaha Library, 27th and Q St.
Facilitator: Diane Perry, equality advocate, speakers bureau facilitator Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Spring Quarter

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Set in the American South in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act and intensifying racial unrest, this is a powerful story of coming-of-age, of the ability of love to transform our lives and the often unacknowledged longing for the universal feminine divine. Addressing the wounds of loss, betrayal and the scarcity of love, the book demonstrates the power of women coming together to heal those wounds, to mother each other and themselves and to create a sanctuary of true family and home.

Book Discussion: May 13, noon–1 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus Library, 30th and Fort St.
Facilitator: Melissa Zimmer, MCC Reading instructor

Summer Quarter

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
A treat to read and a serious critique of American education, Lies My Teacher Told Me is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history class. Beginning with pre Columbian American history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving and the My Lai massacre, the book is a telling critique of existing books but, more importantly, a wonderful retelling of American history as it should—and could—be taught to American students.

Book Discussion: July 9, noon–1 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus Library, 30th and Fort St.
Facilitator: Debra Paris, Benson High School librarian

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