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What kind of book club is the Urban Engagement Book Club?  A different kind of book club!  You don’t have to read the book — Randy Mayeux will present the key content of the selected book each month, with a comprehensive handout of key quotes and key ideas from the book.  Then, in conversation with a diverse group of fellow participants, we discuss the implications of the book out of our shared concern for social justice.  It is a wonderful, challenging session that always puts us back in touch with the struggles of real people in an increasingly difficult time.


January 2017 UEBC

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To start 2017, the Urban Engagement Book Club will be discussing White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg. In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the …

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February 2017

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner) Ibram X. Kendi Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well …

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March 2017

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis …

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April 2017

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Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics by Mary Beth Rogers Cold Anger is an important book about the empowerment of working-class communities through church-based social activism. Such activism is certainly not new, but the conscious merger of community organizing tactics with religious beliefs may be. The organizing approach comes from Aul Alinsky …

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May 2017

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Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by Aviva Chomsky In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends. Blending history …

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