Reading Roundtable Series

December 1, 2020

Dec 02, 2020

Friday | January 15 | 11am-12:15pm & 1-2:15pm | ZOOM

Please join us for a special session of CAFÉ's Reading Roundtable Series on diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitated by Dr. Megan Cole Paustian. Over winter break, we invite you to read Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, which analyzes American racism through an analogy to India's caste system. The book has been called "an instant American classic" (Garner) and is distinguished in its "ability to appall and unsettle, to prompt flashes of indignation and moments of sorrow" (Appiah). Combining meticulous research and elegant writing, it promises to be a powerful read.

We will meet virtually to discuss to book on Friday, January 15th; we will have a morning and afternoon session with a break for lunch in the middle. 

Spots are limited, so please email to reserve yours. 

Funds for books for twenty faculty and ten staff, as well as $100 stipends for twenty faculty are provided through a generous from Healing Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Review Sources:

Garner, Dwight. “Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ Is an ‘Instant American Classic’ About Our Abiding Sin.” The New York Times, 31 July 2020,

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “What Do America’s Racial Problems Have in Common With India and Nazi Germany?” The New York Times, 4 August 2020,


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