Sign up for a Summer Staff Book Discussion Session

Washington University staff members are invited to participate in a discussion of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. The book is this year’s selection for the 2016 First Year Reading Program (FYRP).

With funding from AdrieCover of "Between the World and Me"nne Davis, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity, free copies of the book will be distributed through campus mail to the first 150 staff members who sign up for a discussion session.

The book is composed of a series of letters to the author’s son, exploring the idea of race in America. It asks how can we free ourselves of the burden of race? In a letter to incoming students, Provost Holden Thorp wrote, “‘Between the World and Me’ holds special significance at Washington University, where students, staff and faculty are searching for meaningful ways to address the inequities exposed by Ferguson.”

Additional support for the program is provided by the University Libraries, FYRP, and the Office of Human Resources. The sessions will take place in Olin Library. Register for one of the discussions at HRMS, Learning and Development (login with your WUSTL key and scroll down to “First Yr.  Reading Program Staff”). For additional information about the author (including online interviews) and the book, visit

Schedule of sessions:

Session 1: Tuesday, August 2, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, August 3,  Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 3: Thursday, August 4, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 4: Thursday, August 4, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Session 5: Tuesday, August 16, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 6: Wednesday, August 17, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 7: Thursday, August 18, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 8: Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Session 9: Monday, August 22, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 10: Tuesday, August 23,  Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 11: Thursday, August 25, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Session 12: Thursday, August 25, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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