The CUR Book Club
The CUR Book club gives our CUR members an opportunity to have a shared learning experience with the community. CUR will announce the selected publication and dates to meet virtually to discuss.  As a CUR member, you can also join an online community where you can share your reactions to the book while reading and connect with others that are also a part of the book club. Let's come together over some new material, and discuss our reactions in a safe space.

Registration is required due to capacity. CUR Book Club conversations are free for CUR Members.
When registering, you will receive information for all three virtual discussions. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions to enhance
the common understanding of the material discussed, but not required.

CUR Book Club's Reading Selection: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater,
flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance.”

— Isabel Wilkerson, Caste

The publication will be discussed in three parts and facilitated by Dr. Ruth J. Palmer, The College of New Jersey and Dr. Charles (billY) Gunnels, Florida Gulf Coast University.
  1. February 24, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET  | Prologue, Parts 1 & 2 (Prologue, pg 1-98)
    This section of the book introduces the concept of caste and how casteism compares to racism. In addition, this section introduces the castes of India, Nazi Germany, and the USA.
  2. March 17, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET  |  Parts 3 & 4 (pg 99 – 262)
    Identifies required characteristics for a sustained caste system and how caste systems integrate and infect societies.
  3. April 7, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET  |  Parts 5, 6, 7, & Epilogue (pg 263 – 388)
    This section explores both the historic and modern societal consequences as well as thinking about ways to move beyond castes. 


Whether you are able to attend the live sessions, want to continue to discuss content after live sessions,
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