Grad students, MIT Libraries & GradDiversity sink teeth into discussions

March 19, 2021

Continuing the conversation from this year’s 47th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration keynote by Ijeoma Oluo, this March OGE GradDiversity and MIT Libraries are hosting a series of guided book discussions of So You Want to Talk About Race. This New York Times bestseller offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America. Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Groups of graduate students will join for dinner and dialogue to explore this examination of race in America. Grad student participants received a free copy of the book and an UberEats credit to enjoy dinner during the discussion.

 GradDiversity and the Libraries will partner once again in April as MIT Reads has invited author Anthony Abraham Jack for a discussion of his book The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. As a college freshman, Anthony Jack looked around and wondered: “Where are the other poor black kids?” The Privileged Poor builds on Jack’s personal experience of higher education and asks why some students from backgrounds like his are able to thrive, while others – black, brown, and white alike – struggle academically and personally. His answers shine a light on the experience of first generation and low income students everywhere. The April 6 discussion is open to the entire MIT community, and will be followed several weeks later by a group discussion for graduate students, to whom free copies of the book will also be available.

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